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SPA 3000: Advanced Spanish Language Skills

 

  • Getting Started
  • Literature
  • Film
  • Business
  • Politics/Education/Environment
How do I?

Once you have determined a topic, issue or subject of interest, you will need to focus the topic into a researchable question.

The following steps should help you break the process down:

 

  • Plan your approach to the topic. Identify related issues, people, events etc. Determine your perspective. List what you know and what you need to know.
  • Develop keywords that represent your topic. You'll use these to search for books and articles for your paper. Encyclopedia and reference books can help identify keywords.
  • Read around your topic to develop a comprehensive understanding of your topic. Utilize reference sources to provide you with an overview and background information on a topic, the established knowledge on a topic, the most important facts about a topic, the key figures, places, or events related to your topic and a list of recommended readings on a topic

See the following sections to give further advice on developing keywords and background information.

 

+ 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 violence against females on the US border.

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

 

Concept 1:

violence

Concept 2:

females

Concept 3:

US border

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

 

Concept 1:

attack

rape

assault

crime

Concept 2:

female

feminine

girl

mother

Concept 3:

frontier

Ciudad Juarez

US-Mexico

border city

 

Combining Keywords

Operators:

AND: Mexico AND crime (must find both terms)
OR: rape OR assault (must find one of the terms)
NOT: border NOT Ciudad Juarez (must find first term NOT second term)

 

Punctuation:

Phrases: “Ciudad Juarez” (must find that phrase in that order)
Synonyms: (mother OR daughter) AND crime
Wildcards: Latin America* will find Latin American, Latin Americans etc

You may use the UCB Search Strategy/ Keyword Worksheetto develop your own topic.

For details on combining keywords for the best results view the

How Do I Use Keywords

+ Background Information

A good place to find keywords is from reference sources.

Reference Universe: This is a searchable database that indexes information from specialized subject encyclopedias. It does not include the full text of reference materials but will point you to reference sources that cover your topic. It searches both the titles of reference articles as well as the encyclopedia / dictionary indexes, providing a thorough level of access to materials and potential sources. CU

 

Some more CU Reference Source examples:

Specialized Dictionaries:

 

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online  

 

Encyclopedias

 

Literature

Literature of Latin America CU

CU Contemporary hispanic biography. Volume 1

CU Contemporary hispanic biography. Volume 2  

CU Contemporary hispanic biography. Volume 3  

CU Contemporary hispanic biography. Volume 4  

 

History and Anthropology

Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures. CU

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture CU

 

Film

Schirmer Encylopedia of Film

International dictionary of films and filmmakers

For more reference source search tips, go to How do I find Reference Sources.

+ Mobile

 

To read the barcode on your phone, you will need to download the app from http://gettag.mobi

 

Mobile Spanish Research Guide

 

Visit: http://ll.io/436

 

or scan the barcode!

Chinook

Women's Studies International (Women, Culture, Society)
Jstor Mobile (Literature, Film, Culture, Anthropology) mobile
Humanities Full Text (Literature, Film) mobile
Historical Abstracts (History) mobile
Business Source Complete (Business)
Education Full Text (Education)
International Political Science Abstracts (Politics, Development)

 

 

 

How do I?

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Original Works: e.g. Novels/Plays/Poems

 

+ Find novels, short stories and plays

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

 

To find a novel, do a TITLE search in Chinook.

 

To find a short story, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook

 

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

 

Chinook Mobile

 

Research and Interpretation: e.g. Articles and Books

 

+ Research an Author

Books

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 Unamuno Miguel De 1864 1936 Biography)
Authors Colombian
Authors Spanish 19th 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

Contemporary hispanic biography. Volume 1 CU

Contemporary hispanic biography. Volume 2  CU

Contemporary hispanic biography. Volume 3  CU

Contemporary hispanic biography. Volume 4  CU

 

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

Also see:

Latino and Latina Writers. 2004 (2 volumes)
PS153.H56 L39 2004

 

Latin American Mystery Writers: An A-Z guide. 2004
PQ7082.N7 L352 2004

 

Latin American Science Fiction Writers: An A-Z guide. 2004
PQ7082.S34 L38 2004

 

Diccionario de autores latinoamericanos. 2001
PQ7081.3 .A37 2001

 

African, Caribbean, and Latin-American writers. 2000
PL8010 .A33 2000

 

Latin American Writers. 1989. (3 volumes)
PQ7081 .A1 L37

 

Diccionario de autores: quién es quién en las letras españolas. 1988
Z2693.3 .D53

 

Also see: Writers Literature Digital_text Biographical material

+ Research a novel

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. Lope de Vega AND Fuenteovejuna

 

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
Spanish Literature History And Criticism
Spanish Literature Women Authors
Portuguese 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

 

Also:

CU Contemporary literary criticism

CU Dialnet

CU Hapi: Hispanic American periodicals index

CU JSTOR (or Mobile)

CU Literature Online

CU Project Muse

 

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

Web Resources

Basque literature

Catalan literature

Collections / anthologies

Critical theory

Electronic writing / publishing

Galician literature

Manuscripts

Novels / short stories

Other prose

Spanish literature

Textual criticism

+ Research a poem or poet

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 Rimas y Leyendas

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
Portuguese Poetry History And Criticism
Epic Poetry Spanish

 

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

 

Also:

CU Columbia Granger's world of poetry

CU Hapi: Hispanic American periodicals index

CU JSTOR (or Mobile)

CU Literature Online

CU Project Muse

 

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

Web Resources

Collections / anthologies

Critical theory

Poetry

Spanish literature

Textual criticism

+ Research a play

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.

 

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)
Theater Latin America

Articles

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

CU Hapi: Hispanic American periodicals index

CU International Index to the Performing Arts

CU JSTOR (or Mobile)

CU MLA international bibliography

 

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

 

Also see Theater and Dance Subject Guide

 

Web Resources

Critical theory

Drama

Spanish literature

Textual criticism

+ Find Newspapers and Reviews

Specific Newspaper

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

E.g.
País  (1134-6582)

Pais
from 02/01/2005 to 12/07/2007 in LexisNexis Academic
País - All Editions (Spanish Language)
from 02/01/1995 to present in Factiva

Current Newspapers

El Pais

Online version of the major Spanish daily newspaper. Provides complete full-text access to the current issue as well as the Hemeroteca, the complete, searchable archive of the publication.CU

 

Ethnic NewsWatch
Ethnic NewsWatch is a bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. CU

 

Factiva

Search in Factiva.com by Source, Region or Language.

Coverage includes: Spanish and Portuguese material from Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Latin America, North America, South America. CU

 

LexisNexis Academic
Offers full-text of national and international newspapers. To search Spanish or Portuguese language news sources select "Non-English language News" as a news category and then "Spanish Language News" as a news source. CU

 

ProQuest newspapers

Some Spanish and Portuguese language material. (mostly major titles) CU

 

Alternative Press Index
Some Spanish and Portuguese language material. (alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines) CU

 

Newseum: Front pages from round the world

 

LANIC Latin American Network Information Center (University of Texas-Austin)

News

Magazines

Academic Journals

Historical Newspapers

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

 

Individual Papers:

 

Vanguardia Hemeroteca

A digital archive of La Vanguardia newspaper from 1881 to present

 

Multiple Papers:

 

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. It includes: El Correo mercantil de España y sus Indias, 1792-1808, Diario de Madrid, 1788-1825, El Español: diario de las doctrinas y de los intereses sociales, 1835-1848, El Imparcial, 1867-1936, La Época, 1849-1936, El Globo, 1875-1932

 

CU Latin American Newspapers

Full text newspaper archive of 35 newspapers in English, Spanish and Portuguese printed throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

 

 

How do I?

 

Find books and articles on Spanish film.

 

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

 

 

Original Works: e.g. Films, DVDs

 

+ Find films

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

 

 

Research and Interpretation: e.g. Articles and Books

 

+ Research a Film

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.

 

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:

 

CU Hapi: Hispanic American periodicals index

CU MLA international bibliography

CU Film and Television Index

CU LexisNexis Academic

 

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

 

Also see Film Studies Subject Guide

+ Find Newspapers and Reviews

Specific Newspaper

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

E.g.
País  (1134-6582)

Pais
from 02/01/2005 to 12/07/2007 in LexisNexis Academic
País - All Editions (Spanish Language)
from 02/01/1995 to present in Factiva

Current Newspapers

El Pais

Online version of the major Spanish daily newspaper. Provides complete full-text access to the current issue as well as the Hemeroteca, the complete, searchable archive of the publication.CU

 

Ethnic NewsWatch
Ethnic NewsWatch is a bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. CU

 

Factiva

Search in Factiva.com by Source, Region or Language.

Coverage includes: Spanish and Portuguese material from Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Latin America, North America, South America. CU

 

LexisNexis Academic
Offers full-text of national and international newspapers. To search Spanish or Portuguese language news sources select "Non-English language News" as a news category and then "Spanish Language News" as a news source. CU

 

ProQuest newspapers

Some Spanish and Portuguese language material. (mostly major titles) CU

 

Alternative Press Index
Some Spanish and Portuguese language material. (alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines) CU

 

Newseum: Front pages from round the world

 

LANIC Latin American Network Information Center (University of Texas-Austin)

News

Magazines

Academic Journals

Historical Newspapers

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

 

Individual Papers:

 

Vanguardia Hemeroteca

A digital archive of La Vanguardia newspaper from 1881 to present

 

Multiple Papers:

 

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. It includes: El Correo mercantil de España y sus Indias, 1792-1808, Diario de Madrid, 1788-1825, El Español: diario de las doctrinas y de los intereses sociales, 1835-1848, El Imparcial, 1867-1936, La Época, 1849-1936, El Globo, 1875-1932

 

CU Latin American Newspapers

Full text newspaper archive of 35 newspapers in English, Spanish and Portuguese printed throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

 

 

 

How do I?

Find facts and figures on Spanish and Latin American business, (including marketing, finance and company statistics) as well as business research articles.

 

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

 

 

Facts and Figures: e.g. Statistics

 

+ About a Country

BBC Country Profiles
History, economy, and politics of countries and territories.

 

CIA World Fact Book

Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military figures.

 

Country Commercial Guides (U.S. Commercial Service)

Market Research (economics, politics and market analysis)

 

Foreign Information by Country

 

UN Data
Quick information on all the member countries of the United Nations.

+ Marketing Information

CU Euromonitor Global Market Information Database (GMID)
Marketing, business and economic information for over 200 countries.

 

+ Finance and Investment Statistics

CU Global Development Finance Online (World Bank)
External debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and key debt ratios

 

International Monetary Fund Home Page

IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators

 

UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade)

International trade statistics

 

United Nations World Investment Report
Foreign direct investment statistics

+ Company Statistics

CU Mergent Online
Foreign (12,000+) company information, annual reports to shareholders (1997 to date), searchable SEC EDGAR filings (1993 to date) and Country Profiles.

 

 

Research and Interpretation: e.g. Articles and Books

 

+ Reports (in depth, detailed insight)

Doing Business (World Bank)

Measures of business regulations and their enforcement in 183 countries.

 

CU World Bank e-Library

Reports, books and documents about countries worldwide.

 

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) IN SPANISH

Alianzas Públicas-Privadas, Crecimiento Ecónomico, Finanzas, Pequeña y Mediana Empresa, Sector privado.

 

Felipe Herrera Library: Finanzas, Integración y Comercio, Macroeconomía, Sector Privado

 

UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL/ECLAC)

IN SPANISH

Publications

+ Newspaper Articles (contemporary views and opinions)

CU LexisNexis Academic
National, international, and regional news

 

CUFactiva

9,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages

 

CUEthnic NewsWatch

Newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.

+ Research Articles (discussion and interpretation)

CU Hapi: Hispanic American periodicals index

Articles about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.

 

CU ABI/INFORM Complete

Scholarly journal articles in business, marketing and management.

 

CU Business source complete (or mobile)

Marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

 

CU EconLit

From the American Economic Association

 

CU JSTOR business

Accounting, labor relations, marketing, management, operations research, and risk assessment.

+ Books (broad or historical analysis

To find books about a topic do a broad KEYWORD search in Chinook

e.g. developing economies and agriculture, privatization and South America,

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material CU doesn't have 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
Small Business Developing Countries
Free Trade Latin America
Economic Development Environmental Aspects

 

How do I?

Find facts and figures on Spanish and Latin American politics and development issues, (such as poverty, environment and gender issues) as well as development research articles.

 

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

 

 

 

Facts and Figures: e.g. Statistics

 

+ About a Country

BBC Country Profiles
History, economy, and politics of countries and territories.

 

CIA World Fact Book

Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military figures.

 

Country Commercial Guides (U.S. Commercial Service)

Market Research (economics, politics and market analysis)

 

Foreign Information by Country

+ Statistics about a country/region

CEPALSTAT
Social, environmental and economic statistics

 

Inter-American Development Bank- Statistics
Key indicators, governance, social, trade and other statistics.

 

UN Data
Quick information on all the member countries of the United Nations.

 

Research and Investigation: e.g. Articles and Books

 

+ Reports (in depth, detailed insight)

Doing Business (World Bank)

Measures of business regulations and their enforcement in 183 countries.

 

Eldis

Development policy, practice and research around the world

 

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) IN SPANISH

Agua, Cambio Climático, Desarollo Rural, Educación, Infancia y Juventud, Reducción de la pobreza, Salud.

 

Felipe Herrera Library: Agricultura y desarrollo rural, Agua y saneamiento, Desarrollo social y pobreza, Educación, Inclusión social y equidad, Medio ambiente y recursos naturales

 

Organization of American States (OAS) IN SPANISH

 

UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL/ECLAC)

IN SPANISH

Publications

 

CU World Bank e-Library

Reports, books and documents about countries worldwide.

+ Newspaper Articles (contemporary views and opinions)

CU LexisNexis Academic
National, international, and regional news

 

CUFactiva

9,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages

 

CUEthnic NewsWatch

Newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.

+ Research Articles (discussion and interpretation)

CU Hapi: Hispanic American periodicals index

Articles about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.

 

CU International Political Science Abstracts (or mobile)

Political science articles

 

CU PAIS International

Publications on global policy and social issues.

 

CU CIAO

Papers from university research institutes etc

 

CU Education Full Text (or mobile)

Articles about education

 

CU ERIC

Articles about education

 

CU Web of Science

Articles about scientific topics

 

+ Books (broad or historical analysis)

To find books about a topic do a broad KEYWORD search in Chinook

e.g. water and Peru, education and South America,

 

Search WorldCat to see what other libraries hold, and request material CU doesn't have 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
Bolivia Politics and Government
Latin America Economic Policy
City planning -- Developing countries