Spanish Composition

Fall 2012

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-199; Victoria Maillo (Section 01)Maria E. Twardy (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Dunstan C. McNutt.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Full Text
  • Citing Sources


When you are trying to select a topic, it might help to start with a subject-specific encyclopedia to get an overview of different issues related to the Spanish language. Try browsing the index of the Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, call number: AC Frost Reference P29 .E48 2006. You might search for particular countries, American Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Spanglish, Spanish, etc.

Once you identify a topic, try searching the 5 College Catalog for relevant books. You might start with a country or a region as a Subject Keyword. Other subject keywords to add include:

  • acquisition
  • anthropological linguistics
  • dialects
  • linguistics
  • Spanish language
  • social aspects

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

Ethnic NewsWatch (1959 to present)
News and analysis from ethnic popular and scholarly publications.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.


Britannica Moderna
Spanish-language encyclopedia and dictionary.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.

Full Text Collections

Below are some tips for identifying and locating Spanish language newspaper articles. Don't hesitate to contact a librarian if you need more help.


  1. On the left, click on the section that says “News”.
  2. Once the menu expands, click on the link for “Foreign Language”.
  3. This opens up an “Advanced Search” page. There should be a drop-down menu for language, where you can select “Spanish”.
  4. You can now enter relevant search terms, specify a date range, etc.


  1. Central America is listed as a subdivision of North America, so for Mexican newspapers, you will need to click on the “+” box next to “North America”.
  2. Click on the “Mexico” link.
  3. The Spanish language options are:
    • EFE News Services (formerly: Mundo, 2006-present)
    • El Norte (1996-present)
    • Mural (1999-present)
    • Reforma (1996-present)
  1. There are two current Spanish language newspapers in the section for South America. Click on the “+” box next to “South America”.
    • Click on the “Chile” link for UPI Chilean Spanish News Service (2006-present)
    • Click on the “South American Sources” link for UPI LatAm Spanish News Service (2005-present)

Citing Sources

Be sure to credit the sources you use for a research project -- whether printed books and journals or online texts, websites, etc. If you are not familiar with MLA format, Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great resource. The library has a copy of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers at the Reference Desk, as well as an online version (come see us at the reference desk for the username and password).