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Recasting the Colonial World

Research Sources & Tips







Background Information


Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Background Information

Critical Biographies & Overviews

Primary Sources

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Concise Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature / editor, Verity Smith.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin American Culture. F1408.3 .C283 2004

A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures / edited by Davíd Carrasco.

Early encounters in North America.
contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.

Textos y documentos de la América hispánica (1492-1898) / seleccionados y presentados por Guillermo Céspedes del Castillo.

Colonial lives: documents on Latin American history, 1550-1850 / edited by Richard Boyer, Geoffrey Spurling.

Colonial Spanish America: a documentary history / edited by Kenneth Mills and William B. Taylor.


II. Books

A. Use Library Catalogs to find books

B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)

1. Tufts Libraries Catalog

2. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)

1. On the literry authors or filmmakers


Carpentier, Alejo


"Juan José Saer"


"Carmen Bullosa"



2. the Historical and Literary Contexts


Latin America -- Civilization.


Latin America -- History -- To 1830 -- Historiography.


Latin America -- In literature.


Spanish American literature -- Social aspects.


Spanish American literature -- History and criticism.


3. The Colonial Chronicle and Related Works


Columbus, Christopher

Columbus's letter to Gabriel Sanchez

Columbus, Christopher -- Diaries.

Columbus, Christopher. Diario.

Columbus, Christopher -- Early works to 1800.



Magalhães, Fernão de, d. 1521


Aguirre, Lope de, d. 1561


El Dorado


America -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish -- Early works to 1800.



III. Journal Articles and popular Process

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Popular Press

C. Finding Full Text

1 & 2. JSTOR and Project Muse

JSTOR is a favorite with its full texts in core journals of all disciplines. Project Muse does not include exactly the same JSTOR journals, but it has more recent and current articles on many topics.


3. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start.


4. Film & Television and Mass Media

Limit Your Results



5. Literature (MLA)
MLA is the principal bibliographic tool for literary studies.


6. Latin American Studies (Both English and Spanish language materials.)


7. HAPI (a larger database compared to the above, including scholarship on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States.)  


8. When you GoogleScholar, a limited scholarly universe; set your Scholar Preferences to access our full texts.

1. Historical:

Latin American Newspapers Series 1, 1805-1922 (45 newspapers)

Latin American Newspapers Series 2, 1822-1922 (250 additional titles)

Hispanic American Newspapers  (1808  1980)



New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)

Times Digital Archive (1785 - 1985)




2. Current:


Book, Movie, Music, Play, And Video Reviews (in LexisNexis)

Factiva (including Spanish Language sources)

1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.


2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.


IV. Writing and Citing




A Short Guide to Writing about Literature by Sylvan Barnet. Ref: PE1479.C7 B3

Writing about Literature (Writing Center at UNC.)

A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010

Writing About Film (Dartmouth Writing Program)


Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


MLA Style (for citing sources)