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Spanish and Latin American Language and Literature: Databases

Guide to resources for Hispanic language and literature studies.

What are databases and why should I use them?

Bibliographic databases are a powerful tool for finding scholarly literature, like journal articles, in your subject area. They are useful when you want to start exploring beyond your reading list or are researching a new topic. Experts in your subject area select key content to be included in databases, so you can be confident of its quality. Some databases will have full-text access, which means you can read the whole item (like an article or book chapter) on the database. Other databases offer 'indexing' or 'abstracting' services, which means they give an overview of the item, like title, author, year of publication and a summary of the research.

How do I find databases?

Oxford subscribes to lots of databases that you can use for free. They can be accessed through SOLO or Databases A-Z. SOLO allows you to search all material in the libraries at the University, including databases. Databases A-Z allows you to to explore databases alone, without the distraction of other items like books popping up in the results.

If you are new to SOLO we recommend visiting the 'How to' guides at the link below.

Databases for Iberian and Latin American studies

Below you will find a few popular databases used for Iberian and Latin American studies. It is recommended that you engage with databases relevant to your subject so that you become familiar with the different features offered. Such features include:

  • Thesauri.
  • Bibliographies.
  • Sophisticated searching, including Boolean operators, filters, wildcards, truncation, fuzzy searches, proximity searches and command line searches.
  • Citation tools and bibliometrics.

In addition to Oxford's subscription databases, there are a number of free online resources to support Iberian and Latin American studies, many of which are listed in Databases A-Z (look for the icon).

MLA International Bibliography

Take a look at the tutorials provided below to find out how to get the best results when searching the MLA Bibliography.

You can always consult the Help section within the MLA Bibliography for more search tips. 



Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

HAPI has a comprehensive Help section so you can make the most of your searches with their guidance and search tips, including video tutorials.

Browse Databases in Iberian and Latin American studies

You can browse all databases for Iberian and Latin American studies on Databases A-Z:

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