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SPA 322: Spanish American Literature

Fall 2011

Librarian: Barbara Fister

Table of Contents:

Starting Points

Sometimes you need to get a bit of background information before you dive into the details. These reference books might help. They also can come in handy when you encounter unfamiliar names or theories as you you do research and want to get up to speed quickly. Reference books are on the main floor, on the Beck Hall side.

  • On Writers
    • Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide
      Westport, CT: Greenwood 1985
      Covers biographical and critical information for Mexican-American writers. Includes extensive bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref PS 153 .M4 C46 1984
    • Encyclopedia of Latin American Theater
      A survey of playwrights, theatres, and traditions arranged by country, with entries for Chicano and Nuyorican theatre in the United States.
      • Location(s): Ref PQ 7082 .D7 E63 2003
    • Handbook of Latin American Literature
      New York: Garland 1992
      Offers essays on the national literatures of Latin America, including Central America and some parts of the Caribbean, as well as covering the special topics of Latino writing in the U.S., paraliterature, and film.
      • Location(s): Ref PQ 7081 .A1 H36 1992
    • Hispanic Literature Criticism
      Detroit: Gale Research 1994
      Arranged alphabetically by author, each entry provides a brief biographical sketch and critical essays on the author's works. Covers twentieth-century authors from the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Spain and many other countries.
      • Location(s): Ref PQ7081.A1 H573 1994 (2 vols.)
    • Latin American Women Writers
      Routledge 2008
      A guide to women writers from Central and South America writing in Spanish and Portuguese from colonial times to the present. Articles are mostly about writers, offering a review of the author's life, critical reception of their work, and discussion of their works' themes.
      • Location(s): Ref PQ 7081.3 .L37 2008
  • On Spanish American History and Culture
    • 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 of Latin American History and Culture
      New York: Scribner's 1996 2nd edition
      The 5,000+ articles in this resource give a remarkably complete overview of current knowledge about the region. Entries are arranged alphabetically by country, by topic (such as slavery, art, Asians in Latin America), and biographically. Articles are written by experts and are followed by selective bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref F 1406 .E53 2008
    • 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
    • Hispanic American Religious Cultures
      ABC-CLIO 2009
      Presents information on the diversity of Hispanic American religious expression, including historical development and current trends.
      • Location(s): Ref BL2525 .H57 2009 (2 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
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States
      New York: Oxford 2005
      Provides lengthy, scholarly articles on all aspects of the topic, including intellectual, social, cultural, and political issues.
      • Location(s): Ref E 184 .S75 O97 2005
Finding Books and Articles
As you do your research, you will encounter references to books and articles that may or may not be in our library.

If you find a reference in a database, the yellow "find it" button will look for it in print or electronic form. If it's not available here, it will offer an option to get it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). You will need to type in the barcode number on your ID card and your last name.

If you encounter a reference elsewhere and want to see if we have it, check the catalog for books and check for articles by clicking on the "Journals List" tab and searching by the journal's title (not the article's title). If we don't have the book or article, you can fill out an ILL form by clicking on "my library account," logging in using your barcode number and last name, clicking on the ILL tab, and then choosing "book request" or "journal request."

  • 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
  • Google Books
    Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1923 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
  • WordCat
    This database collects the catalogs of libraries around the world and throws in some articles for good measure. I prefer to use the public interface which has easy filters by language and publication date on the left-hand side of search results. To find a book, first check to see if Gustavus is listed as owning it. If it is not, click on the "find it" link and choose the interlibrary loan option.

Websites of Interest
  • 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.
  • Pew Hispanic Center 2007
    Based at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication. Includes the text of several reports, as well as information on demographics, economics, labor, immigration, education, health, and Latinos in the military.
Getting Help
  • Chat with a Reference Librarian

  • 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).

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