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SPA 321: Spanish Culture

Spring 2012

Librarian: Michelle Twait

Table of Contents:

Finding Context

These sources may help you gather background information or nail down particular facts, dates, people, or trends.

  • On Spain
  • 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
  • Enciclopedia Hispanica
    Barcelona: Encyclopaedia Britannica 1995
    An encyclopedia containing articles on topics important to Spanish life. In Spanish. Note that it is several years old.
    • Location(s): Ref AE61. E48 1995 (18 vols.)
  • 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
  • Countries and Their Cultures
    New York: Macmillan 2001
    This set covers both national cultures of 225 countries and the cultures of diverse groups within their borders. Covers history, ethnic relations, political life, and religion.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 307 .C68 2001
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
    Detroit: Gale 2009
    Offers lengthy articles on over 500 culture groups worldwide. Each article surveys the location and homeland of the people and covers a wealth of information on such topics as their language, folklore, religion, rites of passage, interpersonal relations, living conditions, family life, cultural heritage, work, and social issues. Each entry includes a selective bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 333 .W67 2009
  • On Issues
  • Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality
    New York: Continuum 2004
    This handbook offers scholarly sociological information about sexuality by country. Each entry is written by a group of researchers familiar with the country and its culture.
    • Location(s): Ref HQ 21 .I68 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
    Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 2009
    Offers scholarly approaches to basic human relationships and emotions such as envy, social isolation, and abusive and violent relationships. The bibliographies are useful for tracking down related research.
    • Location(s): Ref HM 1106 .E53 2009
  • Encyclopedia of World Terrorism, 1996-2002
    Armonk, NY: Sharpe 2009
    This handbook is arranged topically, not alphabetically, and covers terrorist movement, motives, and issues. Shelved nearby is an older edition covering terrorism pre-1996.
    • Location(s): Ref HM 1106 .E53 2009
  • Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: Ethnic and National Groups Around the World
    Westport, CT: Greenwood 2002
    This guide covers groups of people who either do not have a single country to call home or which are involved in a separatist movement.
    • Location(s): Ref D860 .M56 2002
  • Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture
    Provides concise entries on subjects related to queer culture, ranging from arts, politics, literature and many other topics
    • Location(s): Ref HQ76.96 .R68 2006
Finding Research on Social Issues

If you want to dig deeper into the issues that your film addresses, some of these databases may lead you to research. When making choices about sources, skim the abstracts of articles or scan the table of contents of a book - or use the "Find" function within an online text to see where your issue pops up or use the index of a book to pinpoint the pages that will be most useful.

  • 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
  • SAGE Premier
    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • 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.
Finding Film Commentary

You may not need to find out how others interpreted the film you are working with; you can relate what you see in the film to Spanish culture without secondary sources on the film. But if you decide you want to see how others analyzed the film or if you want to learn more about its director, these sources may help.

  • 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
  • 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.
Other Stuff Worth Knowing
  • Chat with a Reference Librarian

    Stop by the reference desk to get assistance or try our online help, available whenever we're at the reference desk - 10 am to 10 pm M-Th, 10 am to 5 pm Friday, and 2 pm - 10 pm Sundays.

  • Interlibrary Loan
    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
  • 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, Zotero, and EndNote Web.

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