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Spain and Latin America
Research Guide

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Foreign Languages Librarian

Ed Rock
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Foreign Languages  
To Begin


Call Number

Country Watch online: up-to-date news and information about countries
The Europa World Year Book
  (covers all countries of the world)


Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

REF G 63 .W67 1995

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture

REF F 1406 .E53 1996

Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics REF F 1410 .E56 2002
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures REF F 1406 .E515 2000
Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society, and Culture

REF F 1210 .E63 1997

Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History REF F 1234 .C67 2004
Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture REF F 1754 .E53 2003
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture REF DP 233.5 .E63 1999




Call Number

The Cambridge History of Latin America

F 1410 .C1834 1984
(Level 1)

Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia

REF F 1218.6 .A73 2001

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America REF F 1218.6 .O95 2001
Several overview histories of Spain

DP 66 (Level 1)

International Dictionary of Historic Places REF CC 135 .I585 1995




Call Number

Biography Resource Center

online: full-text biographical information

Dictionary of Hispanic Biography

REF CT 1343 .D53 1996


Culture & Daily Life


Call Number


REF GT 1 .C85

Countries and Their Cultures REF GN 307 .C68 2001
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures
and Daily Life

REF GN 333 .W67 1997

Encyclopedia of World Cultures

REF GN 307 .E53 1991

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture REF DP 233.5 .E63 1999
Hispanic Culture of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
REF F 1234 .H794 1996
Hispanic Culture of South America

REF F 2237 .H57 1995

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife; Vol. 3 - Europe ; Vol. 4 - North and South America REF GR 35 .G75 2006
Daily Life Online online: daily life (material, religious, domestic, political, recreational, intellectual, and economic) from ancient times to the present for selected countries and time periods
Traditional Festivals: A Multicultural Encyclopedia online: a survey of more than 150 traditional festivals, major feasts and celebrations


Art & Architecture


Call Number

Grove Dictionary of Art

online: encyclopedia of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography (part of Oxford Art Online)
(limited to 5 simultaneous users)

Encyclopedia of World Art

REF N 31 .E5

ARTstor Digital Library online: over 300,000 images of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, and visual culture.
For help with ARTstor, contact Kathy Edwards,




Call Number

Grove Music Online

online: encyclopedia articles on all aspects of music (2nd ed.) (part of Oxford Music Online)
(limited to 5 simultaneous users)

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music:

Vol. 2: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

Vol. 8: Europe

REF ML 100 .G16 1998
(accompanying CDs in Reserves, Level 2)


To find musical recordings in the library, do an "Advanced Search" in the library catalog. Select Music Recording in the Material Type drop-down menu. Then type appropriate keywords in the search boxes.

search example: peru
search example: spain folk music

To find recordings on compact disc only, add the phrase "compact disc" to a keyword search:

search example: colombia compact disc
search example: falla compact disc




Call Number

Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature

REF PQ 7081 .A1 E56 1997

The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature REF PQ 7081 .A1 C35 1996
Latin American Writers REF PQ 7081 .A1 L37 1989
Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Literature, 1900-2003 REF PQ 7081 .A1 E558 2004
Encyclopedia of Latin American Theater REF PQ 7082 .D7 E63 2003
World Literature and Its Times:
Vol.1I: Latin American
Vol. 5: Spanish and Portuguese
REF Index Table #5
PQ 7081 .M625 1999
The Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature

REF PQ 6006 .O95

Literature Resource Center

online: biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline Access to this PASCAL database is in danger! Please Help!

Scribner Writers Series online: lengthy essays on authors and literary genres

To find books in the library about a specific author, do a subject search in the library catalog.

search example: paz octavio
search example: salinas pedro


Motion Pictures


Call Number

A Guide to Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino-Made Film and Video REF PN 1995.9 .L37 G85 1998
Spanish Film Directors (1950-1985) : 21 profiles REF PN 1993.5 .S7 S3 1986
The Cuban Filmography, 1897 through 2001 REF PN 1993.5 .C8 G375 2003
The Mexican Filmography, 1916 through 2001 REF PN 1993.5 .M4 W55 2004
Magill's Survey of Cinema: Foreign Language Films
(covers films from 1929-1985; search by title, director, actor, country, etc.)

REF PN 1993.45 .M34 1985

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers REF PN 1997.8 .I58 1990
World Film Directors

REF PN 1998.2 .W67 1987

Film Review Annual (1981-present) REF PN 1995 .F465




Call Number

Encyclopedia of World Sport: From Ancient Times to the Present

REF GV 567 .E56 1996

Handbook of Spanish Popular Culture

DP 48 .S68 1999 (Level 1)


To Find More Books

Try searches like these in the library catalog:

Subject searches:


spain-social life and customs

Keyword searches:

argentina description

cuba sports

latin america motion pictures

spanish cookery

Also try the names of specific topics, places, people, events, etc.


DVDs & Videos

To find DVDs and videos in the library, search the library catalog.

On the Basic Search screen, select DVDs/Videos from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box. Then type the search.

search example: mexico

To find DVDs only, add the word "DVD" to the search:

search example: argentina dvd

To find DVDs or videos in a specific language, do an Advanced Search. Select "DVD or Video" in the "Material Type" drop-down menu and the language in the Language drop-down menu.

To find all the DVDs or videos in a specific language, select the language, then type "videorecording" in the "Any Keyword" search box.

Watch the locations carefully of the DVDs and videos you find in the catalog. Some are in Reserves on Level 2 of Cooper Library and some are in the Architecture Library (112 Lee Hall).

DVDs and videos may be checked out for 3 days from Cooper Library and 1 day from the Architecture Library (extensions may be available if it is needed longer for a class).


Articles on Current Events

Academic Search Premier 1965-present Access to this PASCAL database is in danger! Please Help!
General OneFile 1980-present

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