A small selection of reference texts for Hispanic Studies students. For more, explore the reference area on Level 3 of TJ Library. *Note: For Spanish Language reference, please see the Spanish Language Learning page.
Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present. Covers cultural issues and includes numerous biographical profiles of important figures in politics, letters and the arts.
Draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
An authoritative large-scale history of the whole of Latin America, from the first contacts between native American peoples and Europeans in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries to the present day.
Analyzes history and politics from the nineteenth century to the present day and considers the heritage of pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America. There is a particular focus on narrative as well as on poetry, art and architecture, music, cinema, theatre, and broader issues of popular culture. A final chapter looks at the strong and rapidly expanding influence of latino/a culture in the United States.
Provides insights into recent cultural and political developments within Spain, including the cultures of Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque country. Coverage spans from the end of the Civil War in 1939 to the present day, with emphasis on the changes following the demise of the Franco dictatorship in 1975.
Oxford Reference Online contains hundreds of dictionary, language reference, subject reference and companion works published by Oxford University Press.
Note: Only 5 UMSL users can access the Oxford Reference database simultaneously. Please close out of Oxford Reference when you are finished using it. If full text is not available to UMSL through Oxford Reference, check the UMSL & MOBIUS Catalogs and request any unavailable items through UMSL's Interlibrary Loan service.
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. DLB Complete Online includes the DLB main series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series. UMSL owns volumes 1 (1978) - 362 (2011). Gale's new interface offers improved navigation and searching options. Training videos are available.
The Handbook is a scholarly bibliography on Latin America covering works dating back to 1935, in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.
Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Works reviewed include books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers in the disciplines of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Economics, Ethnohistory, Ethnology, Geography, Government and Politics, History, International Relations, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Sociology. Starting with volume 54, HLAS also includes a section on electronic resources for Latin American studies. Earlier volumes also include disciplines such as Cartography, Film, Folklore, Law and others.
SciELO Network provides Open Access (OA) to journals, preprints, books, and other material. The content is mostly in Spanish and Portuguese, and is organized into national and thematic collections. Each collection is managed by a nationally recognized research organization.
The subject headings are broad, and include: Agriculture, Applied Social Sciences, Biology, Engineering, Earth Science, Health Sciences Human Sciences Linguistics, Letters, Arts, and Psychology/Psychoanalysis.
Material from the following countries is included: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay. Ecuador, Venezuela, and the West indies are in development.
ClasePeriodica (Clase and Periodica) is an index of Latin American journals in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences produced by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). To limit to Spanish-language citations, choose Language Phrase from the keyword pull-down menu and type espanol into the search box.
It combines two databases: Clase indexes documents published in journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities; Periodica covers journals in science and technology.ClasePeriodica offers access to more than 400,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages. It contains information from articles, essays, book reviews, monographs, conference proceedings, technical reports, interviews and brief notes published in journals edited in 24 different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan-American issues.
Fuente Académica is a collection of academic journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain.
Many subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology. Fuente Académica es un índice electrónico de más de 450 revistas académicas de América Latina, Portugal y España, ofreciendo acceso en línea a muchos textos completos. Todos los temas principales están cubiertos, enfatizando particularmente la agricultura, las ciencias biológicas, economía, historia, derecho, literatura, filosofía, psicología, administración pública, la religión y la sociología. La base de datos se actualiza semanalmente.
JSTOR contains articles and books, usually at least 3-5 years old, from scholarly sources. For more recent material, use Discover@UMSL or another individual databases.
** In response to the COVID pandemic JSTOR granted free access to an extended list of journals until June 30, 2023. **
UMSL has access to the following JSTOR Collections:
Arts & Sciences I (economics, history, political science, sociology, ecology, mathematics, and statistics)
Arts & Sciences II (additional journals for many of the disciplines in Arts & Sciences I, plus journals in several additional disciplines: archaeology, classics, and African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Slavic studies)
Arts & Sciences III i(languages and literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, feminist & women's studies, and the history & study of art and architecture)
Arts & Sciences IV (business, education, and law, psychology, public policy and administration)
Health & General Sciences (historical scientific journals, health sciences)
Books at JSTOR (50,000+ titles)
Early Journal Content (journals published in the United States before 1923 and published in other countries before 1870)
Researchers and students may also be interested in JSTOR's Data for Research beta site, a free, self-service tool that allows computer scientists, digital humanists, and other researchers to select and interact with JSTOR content. The Data for Research site contains a set of web-based tools, including:
a powerful faceted search interface that can be leveraged to define content of interest through an iterative process of searching and results filtering
word frequencies, citations, key terms, and ngrams utilized for conducting analysis of document-level data
topic modeling (classification of subject headings at the article level), a powerful tool for content selection and filtering
downloadable datasets containing word frequencies, citations, key terms, or ngrams associated with the content selected
Academic Search Complete is a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with several thousand full-text periodicals, most of which are peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for many more journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
This resource is partially funded by MOREnet, the Missouri Research and Education Network.
Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitized items – books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for. Also included are thematic collections on art, fashion, music, natural history, photography and World War I with related galleries, blogs and exhibitions.
SSRN is an open-access online preprint community providing valuable services to leading academic schools and government institutions. Specializing primarily in social sciences, including economics, law, corporate governance, and humanities, SSRN is branching out into other science disciplines. Most, but not all papers are free.
Project MUSE's Standard Collection provides full-text access to scholarly journal titles, primarily in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
You can look for material in two ways: "Search" to find a particular topic. By default only available content is shown. "Browse" to peruse all book and journal titles and tables of contents abstracted in MUSE. You can also uncheck the option "Only content I have full access to" when viewing your results to find abstracts of additional material.
If an item is not available through Project MUSE, it may be available in other UMSL collections or through Interlibrary Loan. Click the "Find Full-Text" link to check if the Libraries own a journal full text through another source (online or print). If the item is a book, check the UMSL Library Catalog under the book title or book author.
Art Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
Abstracting coverage begins in 1984. Full-text coverage begins in 1995.Topics covered include art history & criticism, architecture & architectural history, archaeology, antiques, museum studies, graphic arts, industrial design, landscape architecture, interior design, folk art, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, decorative arts, costume design, television and video, motion pictures, advertising art, non-western art, textiles and much more.
Access World News features reliable, credible information from a wide variety of international, national and local news sources. In addition to the news articles, the database offers Special Reports,
Hot Topics, and Daily Headlines & Lesson Plans.
Full-page images of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch began in January 2020.