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SPA321: Faces of Spain: Finding Articles

Spanish Language Databases

Can I get articles that we don't have here?

Yes! In most databases you'll find a "find it" button that will help you find articles. If we don't have it, there's an option to request it. You'll need to use your Gustavus username and password to log in. Then you'll get an email when the article is available - usually within 24-48 hours.

If you have a citation and want to fill in an interlibrary loan request, you'll find a blank form if you log in to the library system and look on the upper right-hand side.Choose "my ILL requests" from the drop-down menu and then click on "create request."

ILL - create a request button

Getting Started

Finding sources about your topic will require some creativity, curiosity, and willingness to track down promising articles and books in lists of works cited. Feel free to get in touch - my email contact is right over there -->) if you get stuck or need to kick some ideas around. I'll try to respond quickly. 

General Databases

We have many specialized databases, too. You can see them on our subject guides, as a librarian at the reference desk, or email me for suggestions.

A Note About Google Searching

Google is one of those American products that has worldwide reach and a problematic record. When you do research, there are a few things to bear in mind about the company's practices.

  • Google Search is an advertising business. Information about you will be used to tailor ads. Ads can be hard to distinguish from search results, so be wary.
  • Google also uses your location to tailor its search results. You can use a VPN (a virtual private network) to route your search through a server in Spain, but normally Google knows you are in Minnesota and that affects search results.
  • Google prides itself on its secret ranking algorithm, which in part is derived from your search history and others' search histories. Library database results may seem less relevant in part because libraries don't spy on you.
  • Google's algorithm is biased toward white, heteronormative, North American male searchers.
  • Google's search autocomplete suggestions for controversial topics can sometimes be misleading or disturbing.
  • Google's algorithm can be gamed - and is.

That said, there's virtually no competition in terms of breadth and relevance. Here are a couple of useful ways to refine a Google search.

  • Search, then limit your results by date by going to tools (at the top of your search results) and choosing a range from the dropdown "any time" iist
  • Limit a search by a domain ending: "these are my search terms" or site:es
  • Use the (well hidden) advanced search.

There is a specialized Google search for news sources (not all of them traditional, vetted journalism). However, due to a legal dispute with Spanish news organizations, Google no longer includes Spanish news sources in their news search.

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