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Spanish language Readers at Kresge Library

Free language learning tools online
  • Linguee: dictionary and search engine displaying words in context
  • Spanish verb conjugations
  • Spanish grammar textbook online
  • Forvo: a wiki where native speakers can post the pronounciation of words. You can learn how to pronounce a word and also see how speakers in different regions pronounce it differently.
More free, language learning resources online.
Find background information

Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture (print)
The Oxford companion to Spanish literature (print)
Historical dictionary of modern Spain, 1700-1988 (print)
Dictionary of the literature of the Iberian peninsula (print)
Contemporary Hispanic biography : profiles from the international Hispanic community (print)
Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture
Cambridge Companion to the Spanish Novel
Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin American Culture
Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel
Cambridge Companion to Cervantes
Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society and Culture

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)
Provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. DLB Complete Online includes the DLB main series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series. Includes volumes on:
  • Modern Spanish American poets, series 1 and 2.
  • 16th century Spanish writers
  • 20th century Spanish fiction writers
  • 20th century Spanish poets: series 1 and 2
  • Latin American literature: 7 volumes

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
Historical survey of the most important critics and theorists, critical schools, and movements in literary theory and criticism.  Includes an entry on Spanish theory and criticism, two on Latin American theory and criticism (Origins to 1970 and post 1970) as well as entries on specific Spanish-speaking authors.

Country information
  • World Factbook (CIA):  profiles of Spain, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries
  • Background Notes (Dpt of State): Spain, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries
Find articles
Handbook of Latin American Studies
The Handbook is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Source: LC HLAS website.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
Full text of core scholarly journals from their beginning to approximately one year ago. Disciplines include botany, business, ecology, general science, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable across all disciplines. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields. Coverage: 1665 to present. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Project Muse provides full-text access to the content from over 400 scholarly journals in the humanities and the social sciences. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff MLA International Bibliography
A subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature. The electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1925 and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals) and 1,000 book publishers.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Historical Abstracts
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, the history of education, and more. Provides indexing of more than 1700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages since 1955. How to export to RefWorks

Over  50 Spanish language journals specialized in Latin American and Caribbean Humanities and Social Sciences

A free online journal about the literature of Spain and Latin America, with articles in English or Spanish.

A free online journal of literary studies (archive).

Artes de México
An illustrated magazine on Mexican culture
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Library OneSearch
Use the catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and goverment documents we have at the library.

A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.

Websites of interest
Digital libraries (electronic texts)

Biblioteca Digital Hispanica: the online collections of the National Library of Spain.

Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano: portal to Spanish language library collections

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes: portal devoted to Spanish-language literature and cultures.

Proyecto Cervantes / Cervantes Project: links to the Cervantes International Bibliography Online (CIBO), 1994-1998; the Cervantes Digital Library (CDL) for online searchable and browsable editions of works and translations; and the Cervantes Digital Archive of Images (CDAI).

LEMIR: texts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Biblioteca Digital Ciudad Seva: vast selection of critical texts, short stories, and poems in Spanish. Covers both theory and primary texts.

Euro Docs: list of websites offering primary documents about Spanish history.

Portals - for lists of other websites

Latin American Network Information Center: a directory of good websites on the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.

Latin Americanist Research Resources Project: provides access to free scholarly information.

Hispana: repositorio de colecciones digitales de archivos, bibliotecas y museos españoles: a portal to digital archives and repositories from Libraries, museum and universities in Spain, it allows users to search across repositories. Some full-text available.

Find news
Hispana Virtual Library of Historical Newspapers: Spanish newspapers from the 18th century on.

ICON: links to digitzed historical Spanish newspapers.

News in Slow Spanish podcast: learn Spanish with news and culture
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