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Resources for Spanish

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The study of Spanish involves researching Spanish-speaking culture and civilization in conjunction with training in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. This guide points out some of the library's resources in this field. It is not complete; please don't hesitate to ask a librarian for help if you aren't finding what you need.

Table of Contents:

Indexes and Databases
For more information, also see the library's Spanish Databases Guide.
  • 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.
  • Informe (Revistas in Espanol)

    Full text access to hispanic magazines covering business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects. Both an English interface and a Spanish interface are available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).

    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
  • Dictionaries
    • Gran Diccionario Español-Inglés = English-Spanish Dictionary
      • Location(s): Ref PC4640 .L393 2004
    • Oxford Duden Pictorial Spanish and English Dictionary
      A pictorial dictionary covering a wide range of topics including nature, occupations, entertainment and transportation.
      • Location(s): Ref PC4629.O94 1995
  • History and Culture: Latin America and South America
    • South America, Central America and the Caribbean
      Arranged by country, each entry includes a brief history of the country, an overview of its economy, statistical information and a directory of names and addresses covering the constitution to tourism.
      • Location(s): Ref F1401.S68 (earlier volumes in General Collection)
    • 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.)
    • Milenios de México
      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 Mexico: History, Society and Culture
      Contains long articles on topics related to the culture, economy, demography and politics of contemporary and historical Mexico.
      • Location(s): Ref F1210.E63 1997 (2 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
    • Cambridge History of Latin America
      Long, scholarly topical essays arranged in chronological order covering Latin American history from the late 15th century to the 1980s.
      • Location(s): Ref F1410 .C1834 1984 (11 vols.)
  • History and Culture: Spain
    • Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia
      Includes 800+ articles on people, events, works, institutions, and topics related to the territories of present-day Spain and Portugal from 470-1500. Emphasis is on history, literature, language, religion, science, folklore and the arts. Each entry is followed by a brief bibliography.
      • Location(s): Ref DP99 .M33 2003
    • 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
    • Enciclopedia Hispanica
      An encyclopedia containing articles on topics important to Spanish life. In Spanish.
      • Location(s): Ref AE61. E48 1995 (18 vols.)
    • 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
  • Literature: Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature
      Alphabetical entries on authors and topics related to anglophone, Dutch, francophone and Hispanic Caribbean literature. Each is followed by a brief multi-lingual bibliography.
      • Location(s): Ref PN849. C3 E53 2006 (2 vols.)
    • 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
    • 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.)
  • Literature: Spain
    • Dictionary of the Literature of the Iberian Peninsula
      Covers Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and other literatures of the Iberian Peninsula in short articles devoted to writers, literary movements, styles, and topics in cultural history.
      • Location(s): Ref PN 849 .S6 D54 1993
    • 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
  • Travel
    • Maya World: The Rough Guide
      A travel guide covering Maya ruins and attractions in the area which once was inhabited by Mayans; includes Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
      • Location(s): Ref F1435 .E47 1999
    • Mexico
      Travel guide to Mexico containing attractions, places to stay and eat, and detailed maps of cities, beaches, towns and ruins. Other guides in the Lonely Planet Series include:
      • Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay (Ref 2808.5.B46)
      • Chile and the Easter Islands (F3059.5.B47 2000)
      • Costa Rica (F1543.5.R34 2000)
      • Cuba (F1754.7.S73 2000)
      • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (F3709.5.R33 2001)
      • Panama (F1563.5.D64 1999)

      • Location(s): F1209 .M496 2000
    • South American Handbook 2001
      A travel guide to the countries of South America, includes places to stay, information on transportation and the major sites to see.
      • Location(s): Ref F1401 .S71 2001
    • Spain: Balearic and Canary Islands
      Arranged alphabetically according to city, this travel guide to Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands highlights and rates the main attractions in each city. Also contains maps, photographs and hours for attractions/museums.
      • Location(s): DP43 .S66 1998
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.
  • Limiting MnPALS Searches by Language

    You may limit MnPALS searches by language: from the Advanced Search screen, go to "Limit search to" section, and select a language from the "Language" drop-down menu.
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of Spanish.
  • DP1-374 # Description, geography and history of Spain
  • DT 619-620.9 Spanish West Africa
  • F 1201-1392 Mexico
  • F 1401-1419 Latin America
  • F 1421-1577 Central America
  • F 1601-2191 West Indies
  • F 2201-3799 South America
  • PQ 6001-8929 Spanish literature


Print journals are housed in the periodicals collection on the first floor of the library.
  • Hispania
  • Hispanic Review
  • Insula
  • Journal of Latin American Studies
  • Latin American Research Review
  • Romance Quarterly
  • Romanic Review
  • General Resources
    • Centro Virtual Cervantes

      Maintained by the Cervantes Institute of Spain, this site contains information pertaining to Spanish language and culture.
    • LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center

      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.
  • Language
  • Literature
    • Liceus

      Spanish and Hispanoamerican literature.
  • News Media
    • Spanish Language News and Magazines

      List of links maintained by MIT; a variety of Spanish-speaking countries are represented.
    • From Argentina
      • Diario Página 12

        Newspaper from Argentina
    • From Chile
      • Copesa

        Contains links to a variety of Chilean newspapers
    • From Colombia
      • Portafolio

        Economic newspaper from Colombia
      • Cambio

        Magazine from Colombia
    • From Mexico
      • Excelsior

        Newspaper from Mexico
    • From the Dominican Republic
      • El Caribe

        Newspaper from the Dominican Republic
    • From Spain
      • Prensa Escrita

        Contains links to various newspapers in Spain
      • Expansión

        Economic newspaper from Spain
    • From the United States
      • El Día

        Spanish language newspaper from Houston
      • La Opinión

        Spanish language newspaper from Los Angeles
  • Travel
    • Visit Mexico

      Travel information for Mexico from the Mexico Tourism Board.
Audiovisual Materials
The Audiovisual department, located on the first floor, has a sizeable collection of videos and DVDs in Spanish. Videos/DVDs can be checked out for 24 hours and are listed in the library catalog.

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