Resources by Subject Spanish Civilization

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

The following list gives some representative reference titles relating to Spanish civilization and is not exhaustive.

CIA World Factbook: Spain
Facts on the country's people, government, economy, etc.

Credo Reference (current, full text)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Diccionario de Historia de España (1968-1969, 3 volumes)
Ref DP 56 .D53 1968
Spanish-language dictionary of Spain's history.

Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 volumes)
Ref N 31 .D5 1996
Comprehensive coverage from prehistory to present, including architecture, photography, and decorative arts. Entries include bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture (1999)
Ref DP 233.5 .E63 1999
Entries for people and cultural, political, and religious topics, among others. Most entries have bibliographies.

Historical Dictionary of Modern Spain, 1700-1988 (1990)
Ref DP 192 .H57 1990
Includes a chronology and bibliographies.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to critical analyses and biographical information on more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, and other writers from around the world. Includes the full text of several reference sources.

Medieval Iberia: an Encyclopedia (2003)
Ref DP99 .M33 2003
People and other topics covering the years 470-1500. Most entries have bibliographies.

Oxford Reference Online (current, full text)
A collection of over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference books.

U.S. Department of State: Spain
Includes facts and narratives on Spain's people, history, government, economy, and foreign relations.

Locating Books

In the Library of Congress Classification, materials on Spain are in several places. The chart designates call-number ranges for topics that are divided geographically. For other topics, such as art (N), you will need to look at the broad class.

DP 1-402 Spanish history
JN 8101-8399 Spanish politics
PC 4001-4977 Spanish language
PQ 6001-8929 Spanish literature

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library. To search for materials in Spanish, do an Advanced Search and set the Language menu to Spanish.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text); OmniFile Full Text Mega (dates vary by source, some full text)
Articles from popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines. Use Choose Databases above the search boxes to search these simultaneously. OmniFile is a good source for art historical topics.

MLA International Bibliography (1925 to present, citation only)
The premier database for literature research. Provides a comprehensive international listing of scholarly books, articles, and dissertations.

JSTOR (dates vary by journal, full text)
An archive of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

PAIS with ProQuest Political Science(some full-text; 1914 to present)
Covers political science, international relations and public policy with articles, books, hearings, government publications, etc. from 120 countries.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary by publication, full-text)
Provides articles from a diverse group of news sources, including national, international, and local newspapers. Click "All News" in the "Search the News" box, then select a country under "Article Location."

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.


El País and El Mundo
Two of Spain's major newspapers.

Iberian Studies Web (Association of College & Research Libraries)
This portal lists sites that have been evaluated for quality.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

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