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SPN 320 Reading Texts, Reading Life

Search for information

Search Belk Library's online system to find both library materials and articles in our databases. Use the search box below to do a basic search on library materials and databases.


Find Articles in English and Spanish

All of these databases let you search in English, but allow you to limit your results to just Spanish articles.

Find Articles in Spanish

These databases are just in Spanish.  Remember to use Spanish search terms!  So not "education" but "educacion".

A note about keywords

Finding the right keywords is one of the most challenging parts of the research process.  Even for librarians! 

For this assignment, there may not be a lot of Spanish (or English!) scholarly sources written directly about your topic.  Typically popular music and graphic novels are not covered in scholarly research - though that is changing in the English-language research at least.  So to find an appropriate Spanish source, you might have to broaden your search. 

Here are some examples of topics about which you might find scholarly sources in Spanish:

  • Background research - do you need more historical or sociological context?  What do you know about political African immigration to Spain?  Or poverty in Mexico?
  • Genre research - how does your cultural product fit in with others?  How are Argentinian filmmakers portraying economic issues?  What is the history of comics and graphic novels in South America?

Also, keep in mind that the databases don't always use the same vocabulary you do.  If one term doesn't work, try another.

  • Graphic novels = comics = manga
  • Films = motion pictures = movies = cinema

More tips:

  • Search the film's title in Spanish and English. If the words of the title are common (like Norte or North), put the film's title in quotation marks.
  • Search using the director's name. Try it with the title, or just alone. Sometimes articles about the director's style in other films will also be relevant to the film you chose.
  • Try the searches in multiple places. Even though the databases are all "Ebsco," they have different articles in them.