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SPN 353 Text, Culture & Media

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See Zein Zorrilla!

Because you're reading contemporary fiction, the author has a web presence.  These interviews on YouTube count as primary sources, since they are the author's thoughts in his own words.

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. So to find an appropriate peer-reviewed and/or 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?  
  • Research about the author - there may not be a peer-reviewed source about the story you read, but are there articles about other works by the author? Usually an author will deal with a theme in more than story.
  • Genre research - how does your cultural product fit in with others?  How do other authors portray the violence in Peru in the 1980s?

More tips:

  • Try the searches in multiple places. Even though the databases are all "Ebsco," they have different articles in them.
  • Try English and Spanish keywords. Sometimes it's called "Shining Path" and sometimes "Sendero Luminoso."
  • If the library's database doesn't have the full text, try searching the title IN QUOTES in Google. Sometimes articles are posted other places.