Introduction to the Literatures of the Dominican Republic and Its Diaspora

Fall 2011

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-230; Lucia M. Suarez (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kasper.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources


One of the best places to start research is in the Five-College Library Catalog . All books are listed by their AUTHORS, TITLES, and SUBJECTS, and you can also use the KEYWORD function to search.
To track down books by and about particular authors, use both AUTHOR and SUBJECT searching.
To identify books that contextualize your author or theme, try KEYWORD searching, but keep in mind that it's not likely to yield a complete, or completely relevant, list of locally-owned books on any particular topic. Start your KEYWORD search by typing in a common language characterization of your topic, say "trujillo government", then select titles from the resulting list that interest you, note which official subject headings are assigned to those titles, then click on them to do a more thorough SUBJECT search.
SUBJECT searching, as such, requires that you use the exact words or phrases libraries have chosen to describe your topic; for example, libraries list books about the Trujillo regime under "Dominican Republic -- Politics and government -- 1930-1961"; note the way the subject heading is subdivided. Ask at the Reference Desk if you're not sure what words or phrases to use.

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

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).

Latin American Newsletters (1967 to present)
Daily news from Latin America translated and with analysis.

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


Britannica Moderna
Spanish-language encyclopedia and dictionary.

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Extensive collection of critical essays and biographical information on contemporary authors.

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

Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Print-Format Reference Works

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. London & N.Y., Routledge, 2000. 3 volumes.
Brief treatments of prominent individuals, events, themes and topics, places, etc., each with a short bibliography, or list of further readings. (Ref F 1406 E515 2000)

Dominican Republic. Oxford UK & Santa Barbara CA, Clio Press, 1990.
Topically-arranged citations to selected books and articles on all sorts of Dominican subjects. (Ref F 1934 S36 1990)

Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Literature, 1900-2003. London & N.Y., Routledge, 2004.
Alphabetically-arranged, one-volume compilation of brief entries on authors, themes, places, etc. (Ref 7081 A1 E558 2004)

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature. Westport CT, Greenwood, 2008. 3 volumes.
Alphabetically-arranged entries on U.S. Hispanic authors, topics, presses, etc., with short bibliographies. (Ref PS 153 H56 G74 2008)

Web Resources

dLOC Digital Library of the Caribbean a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

La Biblioteca Virtual del Portal Dominicana permitirá que la comunidad global tenga acceso a un repertorio inmenso de la literatura dominicana.

New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a gateway for exploring holdings at this major library in Harlem.

Archivo General de la Nación is the website of the National Archives of the Dominican Republic.