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SPAN 405: Bitter Flavors of the Americas: Sugar, Coffee & Bananas

Key Resource

MLA International Bibliography

Literature Criticism

Gale Literature Criticism includes overviews as well as excerpts from articles, books, and essays written by scholars and full-text literary criticism. It is a very useful tool for discerning key trends in scholarly interpretation. Use this database to find reviews and scholarly treatments of Hispanic authors, works, periods, and themes. Each record includes full bibliographic information so that you can track down the original sources.

How to Search for Spanish Language Material in Databases

Depending on the database, there are a few strategies to find resources written in Spanish:

You can:

  • conduct your search in English and then, once you have a list of results, click on the Search Options and then from the Language list, select Spanish. 
  • search using Spanish search terms.
  • locate the Thesaurus or Subject Terms and appropriate Spanish terms.

Be aware of databases that auto correct Spanish words to similar English words.

E-Journal Collections

These e-journal collections provide access to many journals in the field of Hispanic Studies, but they are more limited in scope and coverage compared to a subject database like Fuente Academica or the MLA International Bibliography. In most cases, it's better to search subject databases to identify articles, and then search the journal title in Primo to link to the materials in these e-journal collections. However, if you are doing interdisciplinary research, JSTOR and Project Muse can be excellent databases to search because of their multidisciplinary focus.

Additional Databases for Historical & Cultural Scholarship

Depending on your needs, you may also wish to explore some of these databases.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals: DOAJ is an extensive index of diverse open access journals from around the world, and is committed to ensuring quality content is freely available online for everyone. DOAJ has over 13,000 OA journals with 134 countries and over 80 languages represented. 

Tipasa: Interlibrary Loan

If your article is not available at Collins Library, you've got another option for getting it. Use Tipasa, our interlibrary loan service.

Tipasa is linked to your library account so you'll need to log in to use it.

Once you are logged in, either go directly to Tipasa and manually enter the information, or, if you're using a database, look for a shortcut link to automatically fill out the form:

Interlibrary Loan Link

Allow at least a week for the article to come. If your article is delivered in electronic format, you'll receive an email with a link to follow as soon as it's arrived.