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Latin American and Iberian Literature Guide: Articles

Finding Articles

Step One: Finding your database

You have a research topic and now you need a relevant database to search. To do this just turn to one of the side boxes for lists of relevant databases.  Remember - if one database isn't giving you the results you want, feel free to switch to another database.

Step Two: Finding online articles

There are three ways to find online articles:

  1. Directly through a database, which will provide a link to online articles through the Library's Discover Full Text (Note: it's in a blue box).
  2. Through one of the Library's online catalogs: VU Find Catalog or Classic Search.
  3. Not all online journals can be found in a database or the online catalog. To find them, search the Library's Online Journals and Databases by title of the journal. Please note this site only lets you search for journals and not individual articles.
What if my article is not available online in full-text?

Step Three: Finding print articles

Not everything is available in electronic format. Keep your citation (name of journal, volume, and issue) handy. Now search the Library's online catalog for the location of the print journal.There are two ways to search the online catalog.

  1. Through the new VU Find Catalog.
  2. Through the Classic Search.

Look to see which library holds the issue or volume that you need and jot down the location and call number. Now you need to visit a departmental library to make a photocopy. There are a number of scanners in the Library. Many are located in Room 200 and the Main Stacks.

What if the library doesn't have an article?

Step Four: Interlibrary Loan

If your article is not available in full-text online and it is not available in print, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery. Make sure to choose "Request a photocopy" and fill out the entire form, including the source of the citation. This process typically takes 7-10 days, so plan ahead! Interlibrary Loan will most likely deliver your article as a .pdf file to your email address.

Online Databases for Literary & Film Criticism

Excellent Starting Points:

Other databases

Film Databases

Latin American and Caribbean Databases

A list of the Library's Latin American and Caribbean Databases.

Online Journal Portals

Spanish National Research Council--Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)'s Scholarly and scientific journals from Spain

Universidad de La Rioja' Dialnet

DOAJ-Directory of open access journals

Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library --0ffers electronic journals, mostly in literature and culture.

Portal de Portales Latindex -- Full-text access to academic journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal

Portal de Revistas Electrónicas from the Complutense University in Madrid --gives full-text free access to electronic versions of all the scholarly journals edited by the University

Portal Europeo de América Latina --a key online gateway to research in the field of Latin American studies across Europe. Resulting from a partnership between REDIAL (Red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre América Latina) and CEISAL (Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina)

Portal del Hispanismo --or new issues of journals related to the field of Latin American studies

RedALyc: La Red de Revistas Científicas de Américan Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal --Free access to an online collection of over 400 Spanish language ejournals

Revistes catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO), or Open Access Catalan Journals, an online repository of scholarly journals from Catalonia

Scielo: Scientific Electronic Library Online

University of Regensburg's Electronic Journals Library --a wealth of online journals

University of Regensburg's Electronics Journal Library: Romance Journals --a wealth of online journals