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SPAN 336: Latin American Women Writers: Articles on Your Topic

Library Search

Want to discover everything that the library has on your topic? Try searching for your topic in Library Search, which simultaneously searches across most of the library's resources.

Search for Articles on Latin American Women Writers in these Databases

Below is a selection of online resources that include a vast number of articles on topics in Spanish, including literary criticism, cultural history and more. The resources on this page include articles from both scholarly and popular sources, so be sure to evaluate your sources in order to make sure they're appropriate for your project.

Finding Full Text

You can find the full text of an article in a number of ways, including direct links to HTML Full Text and PDF Full Text in the database you're searching as well as linked full text in a different databas or an online journal.  See the illustrations below for where to find the full text.



 

 

Developing Search Terms

The first step in picking a topic is to brainstorm by asking yourself a few questions.  What do you already know about this topic?  Are there similar ideas that you might want to explore?  What are the key concepts that you're interested in pursuing?

Once you've spent a bit of time answering these questions, you can take the concepts you've identified and use the keywords and phrases to start searching for information.  Keep in mind that you'll need to build a base of knowledge before you can write effectively.

Database Search Strategies

Databases respond best to keyword searching.  To search efficiently, turn your research question into a keyword search:

Research Question:  How does Isabel Allende use magical realism to convey female spiritual power?

Search One: (Search with keywords connected by “and”):
Isabel Allende and magical realism and female and spiritual power

Search Two: (Truncate some of the keywords using *):
Isabel Allende and magic* realism and female* and spirit*

Search Three: (Add alternate words into the search with “(or)”):
Isabel Allende and magic* realism and (female* or feminin* or women) and spirit*

Truncate keywords where applicable.  Truncation uses the asterisk (*) to end a word at its core, allowing you to retrieve many more documents containing variations of the search term.  Truncation can also be used to find the singular and plural forms of a term.  Example: educat* will find educate, educates, education, educators, educating and more.

 Female*

 Feminin*

 Spirit*

 

Will Find:

 

 Female
 Females
 Female's

 Feminine
 Femininity
 Femininity's
 Femininities

 Spirit
 Spirits
 Spirit's
 Spiritual
 Spirituality
 Spiritualism

Need more articles? Try Google Scholar!

Search Google Scholar for more articles on your topic.  And remember to read the Using Google page in this guide to learn how to evaluate material you find on the web!