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SPN 3160 Spanish Speaking Cultures Through Film

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 "film" but "pelicula."

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 appropriate, peer-reviewed sources, 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 the politics of Guatemala?  Or Pinochet's rule in Chile?
  • Genre research - how does your film fit in with others?  How are Argentinian filmmakers portraying economic issues?  How do filmmakers in many countries deal with traumatic memories of dictatorships?

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

  • Films = motion pictures = movies = cinema = pelicula

More tips:

  • Search the film's title in Spanish and English.  The title in English may not be a direct translation: "El laberinto del Fauno" is called "Pan's Labyrinth."  
  • Try putting the words of title in quotations marks, especially if they are common (like "Los colores de la montaña".) 
  • Search using the director's name. Especially if the film's title is common words (like "No"!) Try the director's name 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 many of the databases are "Ebsco," they have different articles in them.