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SPA 390: Film in Spanish

Spring 2011
Here are some suggestions for your research. Feel free to e-mail me at any time or ask questions at the reference desk.

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Librarian: Barbara Fister

Table of Contents:

Finding Articles and More
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Covers books, articles, and dissertations on film as well as on Spanish language and literature. Because it is so vast, many of the sources indexed here will not be in our library, so you'll need to use interlibrary loan. Use the yellow Find it! button.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
  • Film Literature Index
    Though it only covers publications between 1976-2001, this database has good coverage of both scholarly film criticism and film reviews from around the world in many languages. Most of these sources will have to be sought out through interlibrary loan. Because there is no "Find it!" button you will have to check our Jounals link to see if we have the journal or WorldCat (if the source is a book or book chapter) to see if we have the book.
  • CineFiles
    From the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, this resource includes reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents, many in full text.
  • Google Scholar
    This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    Though this database is a little confusing at first, it's well worth trying out. To limit searches to this database, click on the "Web of Science" tab, and uncheck the science option. You can search by topic or do a search to see who has cited a particular publication.
    1997-present; updated weekly
  • WorldCat
    A huge catalog of libraries worldwide. Best to use if you have a very specific topic or a known book you are looking for. Use the yellow Find it! button to see if we own the book here or to place an interlibrary loan request.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
  • Informe (Revistas in Espanol)
    Full text access to hispanic magazines covering various topics; may be good for film reviews and interviews.
Finding Books

Naturally, you'll want to see what books are in our collection first, but WorldCat is another important catalog to use. It pulls together the books and films in libraries around the world. Click on a title, then use the yellow Find It! button to place an interlibrary loan request.

When searching for books, try to use the language catalogers use. For example motion pictures is used as a subject heading instead of film or cinema or movies. You can combine that phrase with places (e.g. Spain) or with topics (e.g. history or political aspects or social aspects). When you find a source that looks useful, scan the subject headings to get additional ideas for search terms.

Finding Background Information

  • On Film
    • Encyclopedia of European Cinema
      New York: Facts on File 1993
      Though dated, this handbook offers short and informative entries on films, people in the cinema, traditions, countries, and general film topics related to European films.
      • Location(s): Ref PN 1993.5 .E8 V56 1995
    • Film Encyclopedia
      New York: Collins 2008 6th edition
      Offers short but pithy entries on people, films, studios, topics, places, etc.
      • Location(s): Ref PN 1993.45 .K34 2008
    • New Biographical Dictionary of Film
      New York: Knopf 2009
      Short biographical entries, with an emphasis on US film, but with some international coverage.
      • Location(s): Ref PN1998.2 .T49 2004
  • On Spain and Latin America
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture
      London: Routledge 1999
      Spanish culture from 1975-1999, including the transition from military dictatorship to democracy. Essays related to film, education, the economy, language and literature, and politics are included, followed by brief bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref DP233.5. E63 1999
    • Regions of Spain: A Reference Guide to History and Culture
      Westport, CT: Greenwood Press 1995
      Includes information on the cuisine, customs, economy, history, historic sites, literature and music of Spain, by region.
      • Location(s): Ref DP48. K45 1995
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures
      New York: Routledge 2000
      Includes entries on cultural topics such as architecture, cinema, food and drink, the media, music, politics, and religion, as well as biographical sketches of important cultural figures.
      • Location(s): Ref F1406.E515 2000 (3 vols.)
    • Milenios de México
      Mexico: Hoja Casa Editorial 1999
      A lavishly illustrated resource in dictionary form on Mexican culture and history. Written in Spanish, this resource covers important Mexican current and historical figures, organizations, places, and a variety of topics related to Mexico.
      • Location(s): Ref F1204 .M955 1999 (3 vols.)
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures
      New York: Routledge 2000
      Includes entries on cultural topics such as architecture, cinema, food and drink, the media, music, politics, and religion, as well as biographical sketches of important cultural figures.
      • Location(s): Ref F1406.E515 2000 (3 vols.)
    • Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States
      Danbury: Grolier 2005
      Covers Latinos in the United states in over 650 essays that tackle topics from baseball to Zorro, significant places, groups of people, event, and more. The fourth volume includes significant primary source documents.
      • Location(s): Ref E 184 .S75 E587 2005
    • Handbook of Hispanic Culture in the United States
      Houston: Arte Publico 1993
      A survey of art, history, sociology, and anthropology of Hispanic Americans. Articles are lengthy and well-illustrated.
      • Location(s): Ref E184.S75 H365 1993
  • Useful Websites
    • IMDB: Internet Movie Database
      Searchable database of movies, TV shows, actors and actresses, and other people in the movie industry. Also includes news, photos, and links to trailers and reviews. Describes itself as the "earth's biggest movie database."
    • LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center 1992-2007
      From the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Provides over 12,000 links to quality Web resources for Latin America, arranged by country or by topic, such as economy, education, and government.
Other Stuff

Interlibrary Loan
For information on requesting books and articles from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.

Citing Your Sources
Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.

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