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Great source of information for literature research in Spanish

Finding reference sources

The library has many print and electronic reference sources. You can find the print reference sources on the 4th floor, in the call number range PQ.

Reference sources (encyclopedias) can be great tools for research. Some helpful uses include:

  1. getting an overview of your topic

  2. finding out what research has been done in your area over a long period of time

  3. discovering synonyms or keywords that will apply to your topic

  4. creating a list of authors to investigate

  5. discovering additional resources in the bibliography

Using Catalyst, you can do a keyword search and narrow down your results to "reference entries" on the left-hand side after you have run a search. This will allow you to discover reference articles by name and the encyclopedias where those can be found.


Gathering background information

"Very Short Introductions" publications