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SPA 321: Faces of Spain, Spring 2020: Finding Books

Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries (Interlibrary Loan - ILL)

  • Requests for articles, chapters, and other copies are being filled like normal.

  • Requests for loans of physical items are still somewhat limited – we appreciate your patience and ask that you observe a temporary limit of 10 active ILLs at a time.

  • Please expect delays (even for copies). Staffing levels at institutions across the country are still varied and will continue to be fluid in the months ahead.

  • E-books are not available via ILL; we can obtain the print version or we can request a few sections to be copied for you.

  • Physical items can be picked up at the Information Desk in the library; contactless pick-up is available for those that request it.

  • ILLs you no longer need can be returned to the Information Desk in the library or via the library’s book drop in the foyer.

  • Please request renewals on materials promptly - you'll receive email notices to remind you.

  • Email Sonja Timmerman ( with any ILL questions.

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Searching Tips

Language Matters

Catalogers use a consistent list of terms to describe the subject of books. They may not be the words you originally type in. For example, books about Spanish cinema (or film) have the subject heading "Motion Pictures - Spain." Play around with your search terms. If you want to see what catalogers use for subject headings click on the title of a book and then on "description."

Looking Inside of Books

To find out if a particular person or topic is mentioned in a book (or if you want to peek inside a particular book to see if it might be usefu, try  Google BooksHathi Trust, or Amazon (though to search inside books on Amazon you may have to have an account). In some cases, but certainly not all, the full text of books have been scanned and are searchable, though you will not be able to print out or in some cases even see more than a few words surrounding your search results.  However, this might help you decide whether to order a book through interlibrary loan.

Listed here are a couple of E-book collections to try first.

Also, check the full list of E-book collections below for possible electronic copies of books you've found while searching catalogs and bibliographies.


Note: Be sure to test your access to a particular e-book before you incorporate it into your research or teaching.

  • Search the library catalog for your topic and limit your results as follows: Refine this Search > Source Type > Book > eBook

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