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Title: Contemporary Spanish American Novels by Women
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Reference materials: almanacs, encyclopedias, and other informational guides relevant to research in Language and Literature. Please note that this is just a sampling - there are many others located in the same sections as the ones listed below.

Language Research Materials

Reference Source

Call number

EBSCO eBook Collection

Search and browse reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (4 vols.)

ref  P 29  .I58  2003

Handbook of American Applied Linguistics

ref  P 129  .H33  2004

The New International Webster's French and English Dictionary

ref  PC  2640  .S77  1997

Diccionario Moderno/ Español- Inglés / English-Spanish Larousse

ref  PC  4640  .D58

Collins German Unabridged Dictionary

ref  PF  3640  .C64  2004


Literature Research Materials:

Reference Source

Call Number

EBSCO eBook Collection

Search and browse reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature (2 vols.)

ref  PJ  7510  .E53  1998

Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers (2 vol.)

ref  PN  481  .E5  1991

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (4 vols.)

ref  PN  771  .E5  1999

Critical Survey of Short Fiction (7 vols.)

ref  PN  2589  .S73  1982

The Companion to African Literature

ref  PR  9340  .C65  2000

Latino and Latina Writers (2 vols.)

ref  PS  153  .H36  L39  2004

Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers: An A-Z Guide

ref  PS  374  .W6  C66  2002

Contemporary Authors

ref  Z 1224  .C6

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Academic Search Complete

Magazines and journals on many subjects, includes peer-reviewed and scholarly works. 

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
 A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers.
America: History and Life

Comprehensive index to American history and culture. 

Biography Reference Center
offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies

Directory of Open Access Journals
"Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals" - see: LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE
ABC-CLIO eBook Collection
An electronic book collection with excellent coverage of contemporary writers and literary criticism.

Full-text articles in over 375 core academic journals with backfiles lacking only the most recent 3 -5 years. 

Literary Reference Center Plus

Detailed information on the most studied authors and their works - from antiquity to present day.
 * MLA Bibliography

Indexing for over 4,000 language, literature, and folklore journals, books, and dissertations. 1963 - present. 

North American Women's Letters and Diaries

Published letters and diaries plus previously unpublished materials depicting the personal experiences of hundreds of women.


A readers' advisory service. Helps readers find new books based on books they've read or topics in which they are interested. 

Project Muse

Full-text scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences 

ProQuest Research Library

Information from newspapers and periodicals on a wide range of topics, including the arts, humanities, health, and sciences.

FirstSearch databases include:  
     AHSearch Arts and Humanities Citation Index
     AltPressIndex Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political & social change
     BookReview Reviews of current English-language fiction and non-fiction books
     HumanitiesIndex Indexes articles in the diverse subject areas of the humanities

General Poetry Resources


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African-American Poetry

Poems written by African-American poets in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Remote access not available. 

American Poetry

Poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century. Remote access not available.

English Poetry

Essentially the complete English poetic canon from 600 to 1900. Remote access not available. 

Faber Poetry Library

A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. Remote access not available. 

Twentieth Century African-American Poetry

A collection of poetry written by the most influential African American poets of the twentieth century.  Remote access not available. 

Twentieth Century American Poetry

A database of modern and contemporary American poetry from the early 1800's- present. Remote access not available. 

Twentieth Century English Poetry

A database of modern and contemporary English poetry from the early 1900's - present. Remote access not available.


Additional Language Web Sites


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Electronic Text Center

Collection of online texts (French, German, Spanish and other languages) and lists of other Web resources 

German Studies Trails Listings for some of the most useful interdisciplinary German resources on the Web 
HAPAX: French Resources on the Web Links to French-related resources of interest to college level teachers and students 
I Love Languages

Comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources 

Indispensable Writing Resources Links to online versions of general style guides, Strunk's Elements of Style and other resources for writers 
Internet Resources for Germanists

Links for German studies, language, and literature 

Language Links Includes French, German, Spanish and other languages. Links for culture and history, newspapers, magazines, radio, and tours. 
Learn Spanish

Activities for the beginning student plus links to over 100 Spanish language sites 

Le Ministere de la culture

An excellent starting point, especially the "Ressources culturelles" section 

Your Dictionary

400 dictionaries of over 130 languages; includes online thesauri and grammars 


Additional Literature Web Sites 


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American Authors 

Information on (88) authors and (23) literary movements and links to other American literature sites on the Internet  

Celebration of Women Writers 

Comprehensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers.


Annotated links organized by genres (fiction, drama, poetry, essays) and literary periods 

Literary Resources on the Net

A collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature 

Storytellers: Native American Authors Online

Selective list of web pages for contemporary Native American  authors; extensive listing of primary and secondary works 

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color

Biographies & bibliographies of African American, Arab American, Caribbean, Chicana/Latina, and Native American writers 



To find other Associations and Organizations on this topic go to MLA Associations and Organizations Allied and Affiliate Organizations

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