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SPAN 308: Cultural Texts in Spanish (Dr. Matousek)

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Sources for Latin(e) American Literature

Tips for Short Story Searches

These are the searches that I like to try in databases or OneSearch:

  • Author + "name of story"
  • Author + "name of collection story was published in"
  • Author + "name of story" + theme
  • Author + "name of story" + year story was published

Tips for Poetry Searches

These are the searches that I like to try in databases or OneSearch:

  • Author + "name of poem"
  • Author + "name of collection poem was published in"
  • Author + theme (love, mourning)
  • Author + technique (rhyme, structure)
  • Author + movement (Confessional poetry, Harlem Renaissance)

Searching in Wofford's print book collection can also be productive. Locate a book about your poet in OneSearch or ask a librarian for help. Go to the section where the book is located, then look at that book and nearby books. Check the table of contents and the index for mentions of your poem or collection.


Searching OneSearch for Spanish Language Sources

To search for Spanish-language sources in OneSearch, change the language drop down in the top search box to "Spanish."

In the OneSearch search box, the language drop down on the right side is highlighted, and the drop down is set to "Spanish."


To retrieve sources in both Spanish and English, scroll down to the language section in the left search bar. Hover to the left of each language to bring up the check box, and click there to include a language. Click save to update your results list.

In the left column of a OneSearch results page, the Language facet is open, and English and Spanish have been selected. At the bottom of the page, the Apply Filters button is highlighted.


To search for a term or idea in English and Spanish at the same time, put the English phrase on one line in the top search box and the Spanish in the line below it. Change the drop down on the far left of the second line to "OR" to find either of the two sets of keywords in a single results list.

In the main OneSearch search box, the first box is filled with the term "realism Borges" and the second box has "realismo Borges." In front of the second search line, the drop down is changed to "OR."