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SPAN 399: Readings in Latin American Literature (Ramos)

Finding Books for Your Research

Try exploring the Holy Cross library catalog for books related to your topic. If Holy Cross does not have a book you need, you can use WorldCat to search for books from other libraries and then request these books through Interlibrary Loan.

Search tip: Search for books by either Keywords or Subject Headings. Start with a Keyword search and identify some relevant books. Then look at the subject headings for those books. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to identify other keywords to try. 

You might come across subject headings indicating that a  book is a secondary source providing literary criticism. For example:
Latin American literature -- History and criticism.
Spanish American literature -- History and criticism.

Some subject headings might be more focused, looking at literature from a particular time period or literature from a particular country. For example:
Spanish American poetry -- To 1800 -- History and criticism.
Argentine literature -- History and criticism.
Mexican literature -- History and criticism.

Search tip: If you'd like to look for books written in Spanish, you can do this in both the library catalog and in WorldCatIn the library catalog, you can use the language option to the left of your search results. In WorldCat, you can use the language drop-down menu on the search form. 

Locating Books

Books at Holy Cross Libraries are arranged by Library of Congress Call Number.

At Dinand, call numbers A through G are on the upper (Mezzanine) level. Call numbers H through Z are on the lower (Ground) level, with a few exceptions. Call numbers beginning with "M" are located in the Music Library and “Q, R, S, T” are in the Science Library. 

For research in this class, you'll find that many relevant titles are in the call number range PQ6001 - PQ8929. You'll find relevant print journals in this call number range as well. For example, the call number for Hispamérica: Revista de Literatura is PQ7081.A1 H57.

For more information about Library of Congress Classification, please see the Library of Congress' Classification Outline and check out this tutorial.

Dinand Stacks Map

Dinand Mezzanine Level
  Dinand Ground Level