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SPA 280: Introduction to Literature in Spanish

Spring 2011

Librarian: Michelle Twait
Professor: Hayden Duncan

Table of Contents:

Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat

    Good for searching for books that are not in our library. Use the yellow "find it" button to request a book that is not in our library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Finding Articles and More
The library has a great many databases, but the one most suited to in-depth coverage of scholarship about literature is listed below.

    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 from 1963 to the present. Use the yellow "find it" button to see if the books or articles you locate are available in our library; if they are not, there should be an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) option to use to borrow the book or get a scanned version of the article from another library.
  • Project MUSE

    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
Reference Books
  • On Writers and Literature
    • Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature
      Covers writers, works and topics related to the literature of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
      • Location(s): Ref PQ 7081 .A1 E56 1997
    • Hispanic Literature Criticism
      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 Writers
      Surveys prominent writers from Latin America writing in Spanish and Portuguese, providing substantial bio-critical essays and
      • Location(s): Ref PQ 7081 .A1 L37 1989 (3 vols.)
    • Latin American Women Writers
      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
    • Literary Cultures of Latin America: A Comparative History
      An ambitious set of essays covering the terrain of literary culture in Latin America, including indigenous literature, issues of gender and sexual orientation in the formation of culture, genres, and popular media. Each essay is thorough and scholarly.
      • Location(s): Ref PQ 7081 .A1 L525 2004
    • Modern Latin-American Fiction Writers. First Series
      Part of the "Dictionary of Literary Biography" series.
      • Location(s): Ref PS221 .A5 v.113
    • Modern Latin-American Fiction Writers. Second Series
      Part of the "Dictionary of Literary Biography" series.
      • Location(s): Ref PS221 .A5 v.145
    • Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature
      Offers short biographical information about Spanish writers pre-1970s. Note that this work will not reflect contemporary critical interpretations.
      • Location(s): Ref PQ 6005 .O95
    • Spanish Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Source Book
      Offers entries on women writers from Spain from the 14th century through the early 20th century. Each entry has a biographical sketch, major themes, a survey of criticism and an extensive bibliography listing the writer's works and works about the writer.
      • Location(s): Ref PQ6055 .S63 1993
  • On the Cultural Context
    • Spain
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture
      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
    • Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Empire, 1402-1975
      Offers short articles on places, events, and topics in Spanish history.
      • Location(s): Ref DP 56 .H57 1992
    • Historical Dictionary of Modern Spain, 1700-1988
      Offers brief definitions, explanations, and background on topics in Spanish history.
      • Location(s): Ref DP 192 .H57 1990
    • Regions of Spain: A Reference Guide to History and Culture
      Includes information on the cuisine, customs, economy, history, historic sites, literature and music of Spain, by region.
      • Location(s): Ref DP48. K45 1995
    • Latin America
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures
      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
      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
  • General
    • Enciclopedia Hispanica
      An encyclopedia containing articles on topics important to Spanish life. In Spanish.
      • Location(s): Ref AE61. E48 1995 (18 vols.)
Using Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing books and articles from other libraries is not difficult. You can request interlibrary loan items from databases such as WorldCat and the MLA International Bibliography using the "find it" button. Your ID barcode and last name are needed to identify yourself to the library's system. You can also fill out a blank form for a book or article that you didn't find through a database.

To track your requests, click on "Your Borrowing Record."

It takes time to receive materials, so plan ahead!

Additional Resources

  • 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.
  • Off-Campus Access

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off-campus. No matter where you are, as long as you have access to an Internet connection and you can get to our library website, you can use most of our online databases.
  • Reference Desk

    Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

    During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
    Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

    You can also e-mail a librarian ( or IM/Chat with a librarian.

Contacting Michelle
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email Michelle at or call x7563.

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