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Borges and the Encylopedia of the World

Research Sources & Tips







Background Information and Readings


Journal Articles

Writing and Citing Sources

I. Background Information

Definitions, Overviews and Interviews

Readings Recommended by Professor Pablo Ruiz


Enciclopedia Borges / Marcela Croce, Gastón Sebastián M. Gallo.

The literary universe of Jorge Luis Borges: an index to references and allusions to persons, titles, and places in his writings / compiled by Daniel Balderston.


Borges in Conversation

Borges at eighty: conversations / edited and with photographs by Willis Barnstone.

Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges.

Jorge Luis Borges [videorecording]: the mirror man
Includes archival interviews with Borges, his mother, his second wife, and his collaborator Adolfo Bioy Casares and readings from his works.


At Tisch:

Critical essays on Jorge Luis Borges / [selected by] Jaime Alazraki.

Jorge Luis Borges: a writer on the edge / Beatriz Sarlo ; edited by John King.

Out of context: historical reference and the representation of reality in Borges / Daniel Balderston.

Borges, the labyrinth maker. Edited and translated by Robert Lima.

The narrow act; Borges' art of allusion, by Ronald J. Christ.


Boston Library Consortium (BLC) (follow the link to Request the books.)

El factor Borges / Alan Pauls.

El factor Borges: nueve ensayos ilustrados / Nicolás Helft, Alan Pauls.

La expresión de la irrealidad en la obra de Jorge Luis Borges y otros ensayos / Ana María Barrenechea.


II. Reserves and Books

A. Use Library Catalogs to search for Books

B. Sample Searches:

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

1. Tufts Libraries Catalog

2. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)

1. Subject Browse

Borges, Jorge Luis

Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986 -- Correspondence.

Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986 -- Criticism and interpretation.

Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986 -- Technique.


III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Popular Press:

C. Finding Full Text

1. JSTOR and Project Muse

Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.


2. Variaciones Borges


2. MLA International Bibliography

The standard index to scholarship in literary studies -- articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations.


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


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


5. 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.)  


6. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.


1. Historical:

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

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



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

Writing Help

Citing Sources


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

Writing about Literature (Writing Center at UNC.)




           Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


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