Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences — Arts & Humanities
Spanish Language & Literature

Librarian Subject Specialist

Elmyra Appel — (530) 752‑2002 — Humanities, Social Sciences, and Government Information Services (
Spanish Language and Literature, Latin American Studies, & Library Science
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Subject Specific Databases

Classic Mexican Cinema ( [Restricted] VPN
This collection of popular movie periodicals, archived in the Filmoteca of UNAM in Mexico City, includes Cinema Reporter (1943-1965), Cine Mundial (1954-1955), El Cine Gráfico (1935), the weekly El Mundo Ilustrado (1902-1910), and Cinelandia (1931-1947). Ephemeral materials such as film flyers and scrap books of Fernando de Fuentes (1894-1958), a leading Latin-American filmmaker, supplement the full-text periodical articles.
Coverage: 1902-1960's
Handbook of Latin American Studies ( [Restricted] VPN
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. Continuously published since 1935, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources
HAPI Online (Hispanic American Periodicals Index) ( [Restricted] VPN
HAPI Online is the searchable Web version of the Hispanic American Periodicals Index. HAPI is your source for authoritative, worldwide information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States. From analyses of current political, economic, and social issues to unique coverage of Latin American arts and letters, HAPI Online contains complete bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews, documents, original literary works, and other materials appearing in more than 400 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
"CSA Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations."
Coverage: 1973-present
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MLA International Bibliography [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
The Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) covers international scholarly materials on all languages, literatures, linguistics, and folklore from around the world. It includes citations to items from journals, series, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. MLAIB does not index book reviews.
Coverage: 1926-present

Full-Text Resources

Access World News [via NewsBank] ( [Restricted] VPN
Access World News from NewsBank provides full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. Access World News also includes a selection of Spanish language newspapers from the United States and other countries. Date coverage varies with individual newspaper.
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 (,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=h6a) [Restricted] VPN
Author: Arte Público Press
The Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 (BETA) presents a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture published and digitized by Arte Público Press, the oldest and largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic literature in the U.S., covering geographically the fifty states of the Union. The premier collection documents intellectual vigor and traditional values that have characterized Hispanics from the earliest moments of this country's history through contemporary times. Currently, the collections comprises approximately 60,000 historical articles, hundreds of political and religious pamphlets and broadsides, and complete texts of over 1,100 historical books of Hispanic literature, political commentary and culture. The content is 80% Spanish and 20% English.
Coverage: 19th Century - 20th Century
Caribbean Literature ( [Restricted] VPN
The collection contains full text 19th - 21st century poetry, fiction and non-fiction written by authors from throughout the Caribbean. Included are numerous rare and hard-to-find works written in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and various Creole languages, in addition to works published by authors who have relocated to North America. The database currently has over 63,000 pages; new content is added biweekly.
Coverage: 18th - 21st Centuries
Cybertesis : tesis electrónicas en línea (
Author: Universidad de Chile
Cybertesis.Net is a cooperative project between the Université de Montréal, the Université de Lyon2, the University of Chile and 32 universities in Europe, Africa and Chile that allows access to more than 27,000 full text theses and dissertations. Some institutions have opted to digitize theses dating back to the 1700s.
Coverage: 1700s - present
Duke University Press Journals Online ( [Restricted] VPN
The e-Duke Scholarly Collection provides access to current issues of 29 electronic journals from Duke University Press. The list includes 18 titles previously available from Project Muse, in addition to other titles still currently updated in Muse.
JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive ( [Restricted] VPN
JSTOR provides Full-Text access to back files of hundreds important scholarly journals in nearly 50 disciplines spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences and the sciences. Current issues are now included for selected titles. Holdings vary by journal. JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization established with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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    Visit this page to learn about the holdings of JSTOR journals. See Harvest Library Catalog for UC Davis access to recent and current materials.
Latin American Women Writers ( [Restricted] VPN
The collection contains 300 plays and more than 100,000 pages of poetry and prose written by Latin American women authors from 19 countries. Spanning a period from the colonial era to the present day, the literary works, memoirs, feminist essays, and other materials are available full-text in their original language.
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Latino Literature [via Alexander Street Press] ( [Restricted] VPN
Latino Literature contains approximately 380 plays and 67,500 pages of prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latin writers working in the United States. The majority of Latino Literature is in English,with selected works of particular importance (approximately 25% of the collection) presented in Spanish.
Coverage: 1850-present
LexisNexis Academic ( [Restricted] VPN
One of the largest web-based full-text databases for current news, business and legal information, supporting a broad range of interdisciplinary research, LexisNexis Academic provides full-text access to nearly 6,000 individual titles. Includes a wide range of U.S. and foreign newspapers, plus transcripts of television and radio news programs. Business resources include business articles, accounting literature, company financial information. Legal resources include state and federal laws and regulations, a full range of case law, and law review articles.
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) (

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations.

This website contains information about the initiative, how to set up Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) programmes, how to create and locate ETDs, and current research in digital libraries related to NDLTD and ETDs.

Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) ( [Restricted] VPN
Companion resource to Periodicals Index Online (PIO), PAO is a fulltext archive of hundreds of historical digitized journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences; about 35-40 of the titles covered are philosophy journals.
Coverage: 1802-1995
Portal de Revistas Científicas Complutenses (>>)
The portal provides full text access to articles in 65 periodicals edited by the Universidad Complutense Madrid. Subject focus of the journals spans the arts and humanities, the social sciences and the life and physical sciences. Articles are written primarily in Spanish; abstracts available in both Spanish and English.
Date: Full text available from Vol. 1 - present for most journals
Project Muse: Scholarly Journals Online ( [Restricted] VPN
Project Muse provides full text access to hundreds of journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and mathematics. It is useful for searching interdisciplinary cultural studies topics. Its full-text search engine permits finer-grained searching than any other index for these journals. Coverage varies by journal.

General Databases

American National Biography (ANB)
Location: H/SS/GIS Reference CT213 A68 1999
Arts & Humanities Citation Index [via Web of Knowledge] ( [Restricted] VPN
Multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.
Coverage: 1975-present
Dissertation Abstracts International / Dissertations & Theses [via ProQuest] ( [Restricted] VPN
Online access to citations and abstracts for every title in the UMI Dissertation Abstracts database; since 1997, provides full-text access to dissertations. Access is free to UC Campus dissertations.
Coverage: 1861-present
Ethnic Newswatch ( [Restricted] VPN
A full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in the United States.
Coverage: 1960-present
FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals ( [Restricted] VPN

This essential tool for film studies, created by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), indexes more than 500,000 articles from 340 of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals, dating from 1972 onward.

The database also incorporates the International Index to TV Periodicals; Treasures from the Film Archives, which identifies silent film holdings in archives around the world, and the International Directory of Film/TV Documentation Collections.

Coverage: 1972-present
Film & Television Literature Index [via EBSCO] (,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=fah) [Restricted] VPN
The Film & Television Literature Index provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 300 publications.
Film Index International ( [Restricted] VPN
Provides indexing of 115,000 films and biographical information for almost 57,000 personalities. FII also includes brief bibliographies and coverage of international film awards, as well as searchable plot summaries and full cast and crew lists.
Film Indexes Online [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
The Film Indexes Online portal allows for cross-searching of the AFI Catalog and the Film International Index databases. Combined, these two databases search for cast, character, director, and keyword information for thousands of films.
Film Literature Index (
Indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover; 200 others selectively for articles on film and television. The freely available online version covers 1976-2001 only, while the print version covers the early 1970s and years after 2001.
Coverage: 1976-2001
  • Print edition with current issues available in Humanities/Social Sciences Reference, 2nd Floor Shields Library, PN1993.F484.
Gale Literary Index (
Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature series published by The Gale Group. It combines and cross references more than 130,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and more than 140,000 titles into one source.
Gale Literature Resource Center ( [Restricted] Proxy Server
Full-text biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Combines core literary resources such as Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography
IIPA Full Text: International Index to the Performing Arts [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
IIPA Full Text draws content from more than 210 scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals, and also indexes a variety of documents such as biographical profiles, conference papers, obituaries, interviews, discographies, reviews and events. The database covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry-including dance, film, television, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, broadcast arts, circus performance, comedy, storytelling, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic and more. Full text contents are selective.
Coverage: 1864-present
International Medieval Bibliography ( [Restricted] VPN
Provides the most comprehensive, current bibliography of international scholarly literature in Medieval Studies available.
Coverage: 1967-present
Date: updated quarterly
Location: print equivalent is in the Humanities/Social Sciences Reference Collection
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Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance ( [Restricted] VPN
Iter, meaning 'a journey' or 'a path' in Latin, is a non-profit research project with partners in Toronto, Canada (the headquarters), New York City, and Tempe, Arizona. The goal of Iter is to increase access to all published materials pertaining to the Renaissance (1300-1700) and, eventually, to the Middle Ages (400-1500), through the creation of online bibliographic databases.
Periodicals Index Online (PIO) ( [Restricted] VPN
Periodicals Index Online is a retrospective database (1665-1995); over 300 philosophy titles are included. It also provides access to a smaller set of titles in fulltext electronic form.
Coverage: 1665-1995
WorldCat [via FirstSearch/OCLC] ( [Restricted] VPN
OCLC catalog of millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide.
Coverage: 1000 A.D.-present

Guides to Electronic, Print, and Other Resources

Spanish Literatures and Language Guide [UC Davis Library] (
A guide to print and electronic library research resources at UC Davis in Spanish Literatures and language.
Borderlands Resources (
Guide to databases, full-text resources and print works related to the U.S. - Mexico borderlands region.
Oxford Bibliographies Online. Latin American Studies ( [Restricted] VPN
Author: Editor in Chief. Ben Vinson
Compiled by noted Latin American scholars, this set of area studies bibliographies represents numerous disciplinary perspectives, including history, sociology, economics, literature, art, anthropology, and political science. Sample topics range from indigenous studies and the Conquest and colonial history and society, to race, immigration, the role of women, significant political events and cultural studies in contemporary Latin America. New bibliographies are scheduled to be added in each Fall and Spring.
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Other Resources

Iberia, Caribbean and Latin America, Selected Internet Resources (

The portal, developed by the Library of Congress, is organized by country. Each country has "Language and Literature" or "Culture" subheadings with links to literary texts, linguistic resources, bibliographies, dictionaries, institutes related to Spanish or Portuguese literature and languages.

Web site has been taken down for review and updates.

LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center) (
LANIC's mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. The target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region. While many of the resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, the LANIC site has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region.
Literature: Spain (
The pathfinder, one of the Portals to the World series developed by the Library of Congress, links to full text literary resources and web sites devoted to Spanish literature.
Portal to Full Text Online Spanish (Iberian) Resources, University of Texas Libraries (
This comprehensive gateway leads to an extensive array of freely accessible digitized literary texts, journal articles, anthologies, essays and conference proceedings. The portal also links to other major portals, online dictionaries, and other online resources.
Repositories of Primary Resources (
Compiled by the Special Collections Dept. of the University of Idaho library, the list has links to over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. A separate section for Latin America and the Caribbean includes links to many notable archivos, arquivos and archives of 25 countries. Some links lead to digital images and full text resources.
UC Davis Spanish Department (
Departmental information about the Spanish Program.