Resources by Subject Spanish Literature

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

For additional sources, see the English & Literary Criticism page.

Reference Sources (Background)

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

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, the humanities, and social sciences contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. View a guide for finding images related to languages and literature.

Cervantes Encyclopedia (2004, 2 volumes)
Ref PQ 6337 .A2 2004
Entries on works, characters, concepts, authors, etc. related to Cervantes; includes bibliographies.

Dictionary of the Literature of the Iberian Peninsula (1993, 2 volumes)
Ref PQ 6006 .D54 1993
Entries on writers and selected literary movements, styles, and literatures as well as a limited number of definitions. Covers the 10th century to the mid-1980s.

Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature (2002, 2 volumes)
Ref PQ 6055 .F46 2002
Entries on authors, works, and other topics, with 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.

Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature (1978)
Ref PQ 6006 .095
A concise handbook to Spanish literature.

Spanish and Portuguese Literatures and Their Times (The Iberian Peninsula) (2002)
Ref PQ 6041 .M67 2002
Arranged by work; includes historical setting, chronology, and bibliographies.

Locating Books

The Library of Congress Classification for Spanish Literature is PQ 6000-9000.

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library. To search for materials in Spanish, do a Power 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)

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.

Project MUSE (late 1990s to present; full text)
Coves over 300 journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

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


Cervantes Project (Texas A&M)
Includes Cervantes International Bibliography Online, a Digital Library, and Digital Images.

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
Spanish-language virtual library with texts and criticism. Covers many Spanish authors in addition to Cervantes.

Don Quixote de la Mancha (Johns Hopkins University)
A digital exhibition of holdings of the George Peabody Library. Includes links to related sites.

El Oteador
Spanish-language portal provides links to libraries and databases in Spain and Latin America, cultural information on Spain and Latin America, Spanish language dictionaries and other specialized linguistic tools, electronic texts, and many more useful resources.

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

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2009)
Ref Desk LB 2369 .G53 2009

Citing in MLA Style (R-MC)

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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