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SPAN 260: Intro to Hispanic Literature (Smith-Sherwood)


This guide serves as a supplement to the library instruction session I'll be giving in your class and provides information that will help you use the library tools to successfully complete your assignments. Use the links on the left side of the page to navigate through the guide.

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • utilize unique and advanced search strategies useful when searching for literature topics, esp. in multiple languages
  • perform effective searches using the unique features of literature databases
  • recognize a variety of unique source types found in literature databases and choose the source appropriate for your need

If you have questions or need help at any time, email me at or visit the Ask A Librarian page.


Search Strategy

Searching strategies:

1) Search for the title of the piece in both the original language and English.  Use quotation marks and the OR operator to make this more effective.

Example: ("Las medias rojas"  OR "The Red Stockings")

2) Search for the author of the piece 

Example 1: Pardo Bazán, Emilia

Example 2: Emilia Pardo Bazán

Example 3: Bazán

3) Search for both using the AND and OR Operators.

Example: ("Las medias rojas"  OR "The Red Stockings"AND Bazán

4) Search for the collection in which the work appears.