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SPA 320: Spanish-American Culture

Fall 2007, 2007

Nancy Hanway

Table of Contents:

Finding Images
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
    • WorldImages

      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.
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.
Finding Articles
The following databases will be most helpful in completing this assignment.
  • America: History and Life,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ahl

    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.
  • HLAS Online

    The Handbook of Latin American Studies is an online annotated bibliography on Latin America edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. Coverage alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Over 5,000 new references are added each year.

    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.
  • MLA International Bibliography,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mzh

    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.
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
    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
    • 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.
  • Milenios de Mexico (by Humberto Musacchio)
    Mexico: Hoja Casa Editorial, 1999
    Ref F1204.M955 1999
    A resource in dictionary form written in Spanish which covers important Mexican current and historical figures, organizations, places and a variety of topics related to Mexico.
Citing Sources
Good research methods and writing practices to ensure authenticity, originality, and academic honesty.
  • Research Methods & Citing Sources
    • Be organized!
      Xerox 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.
    • Start early!
      The surest way to do sloppy research is to rush yourself. Give yourself plenty of time.
  • 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.
    • Use the Writing Center!

      People are available to help you at all steps in the writing process.
  • Using Images in Powerpoint
    • Resolution
      Scan images from books at 300dpi (there are two scanners by the e classroom 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.
    • Powerpoint
      You are not limited to its outline format. Try beginning with a blank slide and inserting text boxes where you need them.

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