Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Spring 2013

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-140; Dimaris Barrios-Beltran (Section 01)Victoria Maillo (Section 01)

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

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Full Text
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

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.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (1935 to present)
Bibliography on Latin America covering social sciences and the humanities.

HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index (1970 to present)
Covers analyses of current political, economic, and social issues to unique coverage of Latin American arts.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

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


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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Covers scholarship and fields in the social sciences.

Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

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)

Web Resources

For an overview of what to include in your annotated bibliography, you might refer to Lucy Scribner Library's "Writing an Annotated Bibliography" (from Skidmore College).

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).