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SPA 320: Spanish-American Culture

Fall 2009, 2008

Nancy Hanway
Librarian: Jeff Jenson

Table of Contents:

Finding Images, Art, and Related
While there are online sources for finding images, you are limited in your choices to what is available - which may not be exactly what you want or need. I recommend choosing images from an art book: browse N6502 (regular and oversized) in the GAC library.
  • Online sources
    • Humanities-Interactive
      There are presently seven thematic collections of exhibits on this website, each containing from four to sixteen separate exhibits. We provide a pithy summary of each collection on the home page.
    • WorldImages
      California State University IMAGE Project
      WorldImages contains over 50,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. Its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. Use a variety of search techniques, or browse some 500 portfolios organized into subject groupings. (Description from home page.)
    • Images
      More links for finding images (particularly art images) are available here.
    • Latin America - General Sites
    • Countries
      • Argentina
      • Chile
      • Mexico
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Limit "Collection" (dropdown in lower right) to "Oversize Books" to find books with more images (particularly in color). Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. It is easy to limit searches by language, date and material type for more control over search results.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
The following databases will be most helpful in completing this assignment.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • America: History and Life
    Indexes literature related to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistorical times to the present. This extensive database covers over 2,000 journals published worldwide including all key English-language historical journals, selected historical journals from major countries, and state and local history journals, as well as books, dissertations and book reviews.
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
  • Informe
    Full text access to hispanic magazines covering business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects. Both an English interface and a Spanish interface are available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of topics) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms or ideas that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • Dictionary of Art
    Grove's Dictionaries 1996
    An exhaustive encyclopedia of world art, containing articles written by scholars on artists, movements, works, and subjects, each followed by a selective bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .D5 1996
  • Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society and Culture
    Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997.
    Ref F1210.E63 1997
    Contains long entries on topics related to the culture, economy, demography and politics of contemporary and historical Mexico.
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Art
    London : Macmillan Reference 2000
    • Location(s): Ref N6502 .E53 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
    New York: Scribner's, 1996.
    Ref F1406.E53 1996
    Covers a wide variety of topics in over 5,000 articles that together constitute an overview of current knowledge about the region. There are entries by country, by topic (such as slavery, art, Asians in Latin America), and biographical entries all in an alphabetical sequence. Articles are written by experts and are followed by current selective bibliographies.
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics
    Westport, CT: Oryx, 2002
    Ref F1410 .E56 2002
    Covers the political development of Latin America from the independence movements of the late 18th century through the 20th century.
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
    New York: Grove 2001
    The most definitive source on music and music history. The articles in these volumes are carefully researched and documented and provide information on national music traditions, musical forms, composers and musicians, instruments, and more. There are several more specialized Grove encyclopedias--the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (Ref ML 101 .U6 N48 1986), the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (Ref ML 102 .J3 N48 2002), the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (Ref ML 102 .I5 N48 1984), and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera (Ref ML 102 .O6 .N58 1997). This encyclopedia is also available through the Web as Grove Music Online.
    • Location(s): Ref ML 100 .N48 2001
Citing Sources
Good research methods and writing practices to ensure authenticity, originality, and academic honesty.
  • Research Methods & Citing Sources
    • Start early!
      The surest way to do sloppy research is to rush yourself. Give yourself plenty of time.
    • Be organized!
      Scan the title page of your sources, print the citation of your articles/keep the interlibrary loan request sheet, and/or keep your bibliography in one place (use RefWorks or an Excel spreadsheet)
    • Read actively
      Take notes according to source and write them down by page number. Writing down your ideas helps you remember important points and may help you formulate your paper as you do research.
  • Writing
    • Paraphrase
      Is there a long quote you like? Extract the main idea and put it into your own words, citing your source. Add why you think it's an important point. This gives you ownership of an idea while pointing to its original writer.
    • Write from your perspective
    • Cite as you write
      Make notes in-text as you write. Because you're organized, you can fill in the details (page number, etc.) later.
  • Scanning Images
    • Resolution
      Scan images from books at 300dpi (there are several scanners in the library). Grab larger images from online. Do NOT stretch them out - they will get blurry! Make sure to record the source of your image as you scan or save it.

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