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Spanish Research Seminar

This guide is suggested for students of SPA3970 or those interested in Spanish research methods.


Library Catalog

Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.

Examples of Library of Congress subjects:
Authors, Spanish
Spanish literature
Examples of keyword searches:
spanish literature AND criticism
"siglo de oro" AND criticism
(generacion OR generation) AND spanish literature AND criticism

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
A comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with over 2.4 million dissertations and theses included from around the world.The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637, and more than 65,000 new citations are added to the database every year. Where available, PQDT provides 24 Page Previews of dissertations and theses. In addition, nearly one million are available for download in PDF format. (Digital dissertations and theses are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be Native PDF, some PDF Image).

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.

 Articles on Literary Criticism

MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 4,400 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works. Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals.

Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
LCO is an extensive compilation of literary commentary reaching back 30 years and cover centuries of critiques on authors and their works that span all time periods, types of literature and regions. The cross searchable collection brings together the most acclaimed literary series Drama Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism and Short Story Criticism providing criticism on the major authors, dramatists and poets. The database includes Shakespearean Literature Criticism with a comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of his plays and poetry.

Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. Cross-searching capability between Literature Resource Center (LRC) and Gale Virtual Reference Library.

A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

Project Muse
Searchable collection of recent full-text humanities, social science and mathematics journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

 Biographical Information

  Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)

  Literature Resource Center (Gale)

  Gale Literary Database - Contemporary Authors

  Library Catalog

 Articles : Suggested

  Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

  Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)


  Project Muse

  Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)

 Reference Books Online

  Cambridge History of Spanish Literature.

  Cambridge companion to the Spanish novel : from 1600 to the Present

  Cambridge History of Latin American Literature

  Cambridge companion to the Latin American Novel

  Historical dictionary of Latin American Literature and Theater

  Cambridge History of Literary Criticism

  Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics

  Cambridge Companion to War Writing

  Style Guides

  PowerPoint -- Tutorials

sottigno Sue Ottignon
Research Support Librarian for Languages & Literatures
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 220

Susan Ottignon is the subject librarian for Romance Languages and Literature and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


Last Modified: Monday, August 3rd, 2015