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Subject Guide for Catalan Studies

 

  • Getting Started
  • Literature
  • Language
  • Current Affairs
  • Art, History, Film
How do I?

Benvingut a la Biblioteca!

 

This is a guide of librarian-selected materials that will assist you with your research and reporting. Use the tabs above to locate research resources. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you wish to set up an appointment for research help.

 

Recommended Starting Points

 

Journal Articles


  • TRACES: Journal articles ~ In Catalan ~  Catalan literature topics
  • RACO: Journal articles ~ In Spanish/Catalan ~ Catalan topics
  • Dialnet: Journal articles ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics
  • Google Académico: Journal articles ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics

Newspapers

 

 

 

+ Focussing a topic

Once you have determined a topic, issue or subject of interest, you will need to focus the topic into a researchable question. Some tips for doing so are:

  • Brainstorm about your topic. Identify related issues, people, events etc.
  • List what you already know about your topic, and what you need to know or want to know.
  • Determine what perspective will you take on your topic.
  • Deternine the geographic region on which you will focus.
  • Choose a specific time period.

Often doing some preliminary reading or background research is extremely helpful in developing a focus. Move to the next step 'Getting Background Info' for some tips.

+ Finding Background Information

Developing a comprehensive understanding of your topic is essential when embarking on research. One way to gain background information is to utilize reference sources. This will help you to focus and concentrate your interest in a researchable portion of your topic. For help developing background information:

l'Enciclopèdia

Informació en català i de l’àmbit català

 

ABC-Clio eBook Collection CU

Historical topics: good overviews

 

Encyclopædia Britannica online CU

General topics related to Catalonia etc

 

Funk & Wagnalls new world encyclopedia CU

General topics related to Catalonia etc

 

Oxford digital reference shelf CU

General topics related to Catalonia etc

 

CU = Limited to CU Affiliates only. Use VPN to connect off campus.


Norlin Library Book Resources

 

Diccionari de la literatura catalana

PC3901 .D43 2008

 

Diccionari biogràfic

REF CT1355.C3 D5

 

Spanish, Catalan, and Galician literary authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries : an annotated guide to bibliographies

REF Z2691.A1 Z85 1995

 

Bibliografía de la literatura hispánica

REF Z2691 .S5 1960

 

Sobre manuscrits i biblioteques

REF Z6605.C36 B63 1985

+ Finding Keywords

Before you start to research a topic, you need to develop keywords that represent your research interest, question, or inquiry.

 

Keywords are significant words (usually nouns or noun phrases) which can be used as search terms in online catalogs or databases. Keywords will determine the quantity and relevance of results you retrieve when searching.

 

First you will identify and articulate your topic in your own words:

Example: I am interested in investigating the representation of feminism in French literature

Next you will designate the main concepts or ideas that describe the topic:

 

Representation Feminism Catalan literature

 

Then develop other terms and vocabulary that represent the topic. Some terms may be broader, narrower, or synonyms. Adding terms that represent geographical distinctions, time periods, or significant figures about your topic may also be useful.

 

It's important to think of alternate words to describe your topic; either synonyms, or broader and narrower terms. This will ensure that you can find a wide range of results.

 

Everyday Example

 

Synonyms: NFL, American football, Friday Night Lights

 

Narrower Terms: Quarterback, Denver Broncos

 

Broader Terms: College Sports, Team sports, Ball game

 

Research Paper Example

 

Concept 1:

portrayal

illustration

account

embodiment

Concept 2:

rights of women

women's suffrage

gender studies

female emancipation

Concept 3:

Poetry/Drama

Fiction/Novel

Balearic Language

Romance Language

 

 

How do I?

 

Find books and articles on Catalan literature, (including authors, novels and poetry) as well as film and theater.

 

To find books: Search Chinook, the catalog for CU Libraries.

 

To find articles: Search databases that CU Libraries subscribes to.

 

+ Author Research e.g. Biographies

Books

To find books by an author do an AUTHOR search in Chinook.

 

To find books about an author or an author's work, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook and type in the author's name.

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material through Prospector or Inter-Library Loan.

 

Or do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to browse the subjects in the catalog:

 

 

Use and Adapt these Subject Keywords
Biography (eg llull ramon biography)
Authors Catalan To 1500  
Authors Catalan 20th Century Biography

 

Articles 

To find articles about authors and/or their work, try:

CU Biography and genealogy master index

CU Contemporary authors

CU Columbia Granger's world of poetry

CU Dictionary of literary biography

CU Oxford reference online : premium collection

 

l'Enciclopèdia

Informació en català i de l’àmbit català

Joan Lluis Vives Full text database

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information

+ Novel/Short Story Research e.g. Criticism

Books

To find books about a novel, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook under the author's name and under the title of the work (use both).E.g. Rodoreda and Plaça del Diamant

 

Once you find a record that looks useful you can search by the subject heading to find similar works, or physically browse the stacks around the call number.

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material through Prospector or Inter-Library Loan.

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings:

 

Use and Adapt these Subject Keywords
Catalan Literature Women Authors Bio Bibliography
Catalan Fiction 20th Century
Catalan Literature 20th Century History And Criticism

 

Articles 

To find critical journal articles about a novel, try the following databases. Look under the title of the work, as well as under the author's name.

 

Start Here: MLA international bibliography

 

English

Spanish/Catalan

  • Dialnet ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics
  • TRACES ~ In Catalan ~  Catalan literature topics
  • RACO ~ In Spanish/Catalan ~ Catalan topics
  • Google Academico ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

+ Poetry Research

Books

Books about a specific poem generally are not found in the Library. However, sections of books which provide a critical discussion of an author's overall work may discuss a specific poem.

 

Do a KEYWORD search in Chinook under the author's name or the title of the anthology in which the poem is found

eg Antología Poética De La Lengua Catalana

to find where those books are in the Library. Go to that area and look in each book's 'Index' under that specific Poem's title.

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material through Prospector or Inter-Library Loan.

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings

 

Use and Adapt these Subject Keywords
Catalan Poetry 20th Century
Catalan Poetry History And Criticism
Catalan Poetry Spain Valencia Province 20th Century  

 

Articles 

To find articles about a poem, search in the following databases. Use the title of the work to see if there are specific references. Using the author's name may retrieve general critical discussion about an author's poetic work.

 

Start Here: MLA international bibliography

 

English

Spanish/Catalan

  • Dialnet ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics
  • TRACES ~ In Catalan ~  Catalan literature topics
  • RACO ~ In Spanish/Catalan ~ Catalan topics
  • Google Academico ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

+ Theater Research

Books

To find books about a play, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook using the name of the director or do a TITLE search using the play's title.

 

To find a copy of the play, do a TITLE search in Chinook.

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material through Prospector or Inter-Library Loan.

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings:

 

Use and adapt these subject keywords
Feminist Theater
Theat* (*replaces up to 5 characters-eg retrieve theater/theatre)
Catalan Drama History And Criticism

Articles

To find articles or reviews about a play or director, use the following databases:

 

English

Spanish/Catalan

  • Dialnet ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics
  • TRACES ~ In Catalan ~  Catalan literature topics
  • RACO ~ In Spanish/Catalan ~ Catalan topics
  • Google Academico ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 

Also see Theater and Dance Subject Guide

+ Film Research

Books

To find books about a film, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook using the name of the director or do a TITLE search using the film's title.

 

To find a copy of the film, do a TITLE search in Chinook.

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material through Prospector or Inter-Library Loan.

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings:

 

 

Articles

To find articles or reviews about a film or director, use the following databases:


English

 

Catalan

  • Dialnet ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics
  • RACO ~ In Spanish/Catalan ~ Catalan topics
  • Google Academico ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics

 

To find reviews about a film or director, use the following databases:

 

Proquest Newsstand (Spanish) CU

Vanguardia Hemeroteca (Spanish)

Factiva (Catalan and Spanish) CU

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 

Also see Film Studies Subject Guide

+ Newspapers and Reviews

Recommended Starting Points

Proquest Newsstand (Spanish) CU

Vanguardia Hemeroteca (Spanish)

Factiva (Catalan and Spanish) CU

Current Newspapers

Diari AVUI
http://www.avui.cat

El Periódico
http://www.elperiodico.cat

Regió7
http://www.regio7.cat

Diari d'Andorra
http://www.diariandorra.ad

La Vanguardia
http://www.lavanguardia.es

Diari de Balears
http://www.dbalears.cat

El Temps
http://www.eltemps.net

Historical Newspapers

Individual Papers:

Vanguardia Hemeroteca

A digital archive of La Vanguardia newspaper from 1881 to present

 

Multiple Papers:

ARCA: Arxiu de Revistes Catalanes Antigues

Publicacions periòdiques tancades que han estat representatives dins la cultura i la societat catalana.

 

Biblioteca Virtual de Prensa Historica

Providing access to digitised historical newspapers from Spain, this database covers over 2000 historical newspapers, which were printed between 1777 and 2005.

 

Hemeroteca Digital

A digital library of digitized Spanish newspapers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

Indexes and Guides to Western European Periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

+ Literary Theory Resources

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism Online [CU]

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms [CU]

 

Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory
PN212 .R68 2005

 

Introducing literary theories : a guide and glossary
PN81 .I62 2001

 

The Norton anthology of theory and criticism
PN86 .N67 2001

 

Studying literature : the essential companion
PN59 .G67 2001

 

Twentieth-century literary movements dictionary : a compendium to more than 500 literary, critical, and theatrical movements, schools, and groups from more than 80 nations, covering the novelists, poets, short-story writers, dramatists, essayists, theorists, and works, genres, techniques, and terms associated with each movement
PN597 .T94 2000

 

The Bedford glossary of critical and literary terms
PN41 .M874 1997

 

Texts and contexts : writing about literature with critical theory PE1479.C7 L96 1994

+ Browsing the Collection

The following subclasses of the Library of Congress Classification Outline allow more precise browsing of the library's collection of the languages and literatures of Iberia.

PC Catalan Language, PC3900-3976

PQ Spanish Literature, PQ6001-8929

+ Theses and Dissertations


From CU

 

Online PDFs: Search for a CU Thesis/Dissertation (1997-present)

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses CU
The full text of dissertations produced at any campus of the University of Colorado system from 1997 to the present are available here as free PDF downloads. To initiate the free download, click on the "Full Text - PDF" link that appears underneath the citation and abstract information of the dissertation you'd like to see.

Print copies: Search for a CU Thesis/Dissertation using the Chinook Library Catalog

 

  • The catalog treats theses and dissertations like books. Search by author, title, or keyword.
  • In Chinook, the term THESIS denotes both Masters' theses and dissertations.
  • The call number for CU Boulder theses and dissertations begin with the letter "T," followed by the year of the thesis and then a code matching the author's last name.

 

From Other Institutions

 

Search for Theses and Dissertations Produced at Other Schools

 

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    Provides abstracts of dissertations and some master's theses from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and, to a lesser and more selective extent, other countries. CU
  • ABI/Inform Global
    This database contains the full-text of over 10,000 dissertations in business and management. Under "publication type," select "dissertations." CU
  • WorldCat
    Contains all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Limit results by "subtype limits: any content" to "thesis/dissertation." CU

Borrowing Theses and Dissertations Produced at Other Schools

 

  • CU Faculty, staff and students may request theses and dissertations identified through the above resources through the CU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service.


Dissertations and Theses from Other Countries

 

Search for Theses and Dissertations Produced in Other Countries

 

 

Borrowing Theses and Dissertations Produced in Other Countries

 

  • CU Faculty, staff and students may request theses and dissertations identified through these resources through the CU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service.

Spain

+ Microform

Reader/Printers for microforms are available in the Libraries.

 

Equipment includes:

  • Microcard reader/printers
  • Microfilm/fiche reader/printers
  • Microfim/fiche/card digitals scanners (Research Services only)
    scan & email or save to flash drive or SD card

Cost to make a copy:

  • 25¢ / page: cash (coin or up to $10 bills), change dispensed
  • 25¢ / page: Copy Cards

Copy Cards:

  • Cards may be purchased from a Copy Card Vending Station (a.k.a Jamex Card Dispenser & Re-Value Station) using a $1.00 bill; there will be no value on the card.
  • Money may be added to the Copy Card in increments of $1.00, $5.00, $10.00 or $20.00 up to a total of $25.00.
  • Colorful new bills may not work in these machines.

Copy Card Vending Station locations:

  • Norlin: Research & Instruction
  • Norlin: Science Library
  • Map Library

Refunds for failed copy jobs:

  • InkSpot Copy Center, 303-492-7878
    UMC 130C, Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm

Maintenance, repair and technical assistance for Norlin Library's microform scanning equipment:

  • Call Michael Riberdy (Libraries Information Technology), 303-492-2816.
Norlin Library Beyond Norlin

2nd floor

  • Research Center

3rd floor

  • Government Information
  • Business Library
  • Engineering Library
  • Music Library

 

 

Learning Catalan?

Try the following tools to help:

CU = Available to campus IP addresses. Remote access information.

 

 

+ Encyclopedias

l'Enciclopèdia

Informació en català i de l’àmbit català

 

A Guide to Countries of the World [CU]
World Encyclopedia [CU]

Encyclopædia Britannica online [CU]

General topics related to Catalonia etc

 

 

Try the following sections to find language learning resources:

 

+ Grammar

Conjugació de verbs catalans

Optimot: Buscador d'informació lingüística que ajuda a resoldre (solucionar) dubtes sobre la llengua catalana

 

Catalan : a comprehensive grammar

PC3823 .W44 1999

Gramática del discurs

PC3821 .R54 1981

Gramática catalana

PC3821 .B28

 

 

 

 

Keeping up with Camp Nou, El Bulli, or the Sagrada Familia? Try the following sources to find Catalan language material.

CU = Available to campus IP addresses. Remote access information.

 

+ Newspapers

 

Recommended Starting Points

Proquest Newsstand (Spanish) CU

Vanguardia Hemeroteca (Spanish)

Factiva (Catalan and Spanish) CU

 

Current Newspapers

Diari AVUI
http://www.avui.cat

El Periódico
http://www.elperiodico.cat

Regió7
http://www.regio7.cat

Diari d'Andorra
http://www.diariandorra.ad

La Vanguardia
http://www.lavanguardia.es

Diari de Balears
http://www.dbalears.cat

El Temps
http://www.eltemps.net

Historical Newspapers

Individual Papers:

Vanguardia Hemeroteca

A digital archive of La Vanguardia newspaper from 1881 to present

 

Multiple Papers:

ARCA: Arxiu de Revistes Catalanes Antigues

Publicacions periòdiques tancades que han estat representatives dins la cultura i la societat catalana.

 

Biblioteca Virtual de Prensa Historica

Providing access to digitised historical newspapers from Spain, this database covers over 2000 historical newspapers, which were printed between 1777 and 2005.

 

Hemeroteca Digital

A digital library of digitized Spanish newspapers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

Indexes and Guides to Western European Periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

 

+ Magazine Articles

 

To find digital access to magazines, do a title search in Chinook. A list of databases where you can find the newspaper will appear. 

E.g.
Noticias Financieras

from 10/28/2002 to present in Factiva
+ Breaking News

 

Most of the Library databases will not include breaking news. Try these websites for alternative Catalan news.

Agencia Catalana de Noticies

CANAL 3-24

EuroNews

Google News in Catalan

Independent Media

Onlinenewspapers.com

Racó Català

Today's Front Pages

Vilaweb

World Newspapers

 

+ Television

 

 

How do I?

Find books and articles on history, art and film; for further topics, see the Subject Guide database

 

To find books: Search Chinook, the catalog for CU Libraries.

 

To find articles: Search databases that CU Libraries subscribes to.

 

 

 

+ Film Research

Books

To find books about a film, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook using the name of the director or do a TITLE search using the film's title.

 

To find a copy of the film, do a TITLE search in Chinook.

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material through Prospector or Inter-Library Loan.

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings:

 

 

Articles

To find articles about a film or director, use the following databases:

 

English

 

Catalan

  • Dialnet ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics
  • RACO ~ In Catalan ~ Spanish/Catalan topics
  • Google Academico ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics

 

To find reviews about a film or director, use the following databases:

 

Proquest Newsstand (Spanish) CU

Vanguardia Hemeroteca (Spanish)

Factiva (Catalan and Spanish) CU

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 

Also see Film Studies Subject Guide

+ Art Research

Books

To find books about art topics, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook

 

Once you find a record that looks useful you can search by the subject heading to find similar works, or physically browse the stacks around the call number.

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material through Prospector or Inter-Library Loan.

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings:

Use and adapt these subject keywords
Art Abstract Exhibitions
Art Catalan
Art And Literature

 

Articles

 

To find critical journal articles about an art topic, try the following databases:

English

Spanish/Catalan

  • Dialnet ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics
  • RACO ~ In Spanish/Catalan ~ Catalan topics
  • Google Academico ~ In Spanish ~ Spanish/Catalan topics

To find newspaper reviews about art, try the following databases:

CU Academic Search Premier

CU NY Times

Also see: Research Guide for Art and Art History

+ History

Finding Primary Sources

 

Secondary Sources

ABC-Clio eBook Collection CU

The ABC-Clio eBook Collection includes the online full text of hundreds of reference books on many subjects, including U.S. and world history, politics, government, society, education, religion, folklore, mythology, science, environment and geography.

 

Academic search premier CU

This scholarly multi-disciplinary database contains indexing for over 8,000 publications, with full text for more than 4,450 of those titles.

 

Arts & Humanities Citation Index CU

Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities.

 

Historical abstracts CU

Provides indexing and abstracting for citations on the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States).

 

Humanities full text CU

Abstracts and some full text covering diverse subject areas of the humanities.

 

JSTOR CU

Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences.

 

Periodicals archive online CU

Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) is an archive of hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

 

Periodicals index online (ProQuest) CU

Periodicals Index Online is the new name for Periodicals Contents Index - a database of millions of article citations from over 4,500 periodicals in published in the arts, humanities and social sciences across more than 300 years

 

Poole's index to periodical literature CU

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature is the first and only systematic article level index to the subject matter of 19th century periodicals.

 

Royal Historical Society bibliography CU

Bibliography of publications relating to the history of the British Isles, and of the British empire and commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available from 55 BC to the present.

 

Women's studies international CU

Database includes the latest scholarship in feminist research, including Women Studies Abstracts.