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Hispanic Studies: Core Resources in Hispanic Studies

Library Catalogs: Books

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Once you find a book, you will need to locate it on the shelf. Connecticut College uses Library of Congress call numbers to organize books. Read more information about LC Call Numbers here

Books in the library are organized by subject. Start looking for books by browsing. When you find a relevant book, be sure to browse the surrounding area for other books that you might find interesting.

  • Latin American History (includes Caribbean countries)
  • Anthropology
  • Folklore
    Hispanic Americans: GR111.H57
    Mexican Americans: GR111.M49
    Latin America: GR114-133
  • Spanish Language Literature
  • Portuguese Language Literature
  • Languages of Mexico and Central America Literature
  • Languages of South America and the West Indies Literature
  • Spanish American Literature

Once you find a book, you will need to locate it on the shelf. Connecticut College uses Library of Congress call numbers to organize books. Read more information about LC Call Numbers here. The following video walks you through this process.

  1. Identify key concepts
    Start by identifying some key concepts related to your topic.   
  2. Determine keywords
    Using the concepts you identified, make lists of words, people, or phrases that describe the concepts. 
  3. Search using the keywords 
    Use the keywords you created to search.  Databases are not smart - they look for exact word matches. The more words you use to describe your concept, the more results you will get.  
  4. Use AND & OR
    Using AND between terms limits your search, using OR expands it. Connect different concepts with AND (guns AND violence), and connect synonyms with OR (guns OR firearms AND violence).
  5. Use truncation
    Truncating allows you to tell the database to search for all words that begin with the same root. It's a great way to search for the both singular and plural forms of a word at once. The truncation symbol is usually an asterisk (immigra* will search for immigration, immigrant, and immigrants).
  6. Limit search results
    Use the database limiters often found on the right or left hand side of the page to narrow by date, publication, subject heading, etc.
  7. Be flexible and creative
    Modify your search and try as many combinations of words as you need to find the best information.

Finding & Requesting Books from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) obtains materials that are unavailable in our own collection. It is available to all current Connecticut College faculty, staff, and students. 

Requests for books owned by Trinity College or Wesleyan University may be placed directly through OneSearch. To place a request, log in to OneSearch,  search for the item, click the item title, then "Request Book from Another Library (Interlibrary Loan)" at the bottom of the screen.  A request for an item from Trinity or Wesleyan will often arrive within 48 hours.

WorldCat is a catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Use this database to search for materials outside the CTW catalog, and place requests through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). It takes approximately eight days for an ILL book loan to arrive and two days for an article request to be delivered as a PDF. You will receive an email when your materials are ready for pick up or have been delivered to your account.

Library Databases: Articles

A database is an electronic retrieval tool and organization system for collections of catalog records, images, documents, or citations.

Because Hispanic Studies is interdisciplinary, you will probably need to use additional subject-specific databases (History databases, for example). You can start here, then visit the Databases page for more options.

General Hispanic Studies Databases

Literature Resources

These are additional databases for conducting literary criticism or background research on works of literature or authors. 

The library provides access to many research databases. Databases connect you to full-text sources that are often unavailable through search engines, such as Google.

A journal is a scholarly periodical containing articles written by academics, researchers, and other experts in a given field. Unlike newspapers and magazines, which are intended for general audiences, journals are intended for an academic or technical audience.

Here are some core journals in this field. 

You've been searching in one of the library's databases and found an article that looks interesting. In many cases, a link to the article will be visible, but sometimes the full text isn't provided. This short video shows you how to quickly access the full text.

Important Websites