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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.

Conversación con las Catedrales: encuentros con Vargas Llosa y Borges / Ruben Loza Aguerrebere.

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.

Reencuentro: diálogos inéditos / Jorge Luis Borges, Osvaldo Ferrari.


At Tisch:

Borges y la Biblia / Gonzalo Salvador.

Borges, entre autorretrato y automitografía / Robin Lefere.

Borges y el nazismo: Sur (1937-1946) / Antonio Gómez López-Quiñones.

Borges: desesperaciones aparentes y consuelos secretos / Rafael
Olea Franco, editor.

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

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

El arte de la jardinería china en Borges y otros estudios / Arturo Echavarría.

Espejos, laberintos, bibliotecas y otras cifras: la estética de Borges / Gloria Nistal.

Jorge Luis Borges: intervenciones sobre pensamiento y literatura
/ William Rowe, Claudio Canaparo, Annick Louis, compiladores;
edición a cargo de Alejandro Kaufman.

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

Los dones literarios de Borges / Rafael Olea Franco.

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

Out of context: historical reference and the representation of reality in Borges / Daniel Balderston.


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

Borges, un escritor en las orillas / Beatriz Sarlo

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. BLC WorldCat (beyond Tufts)

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: revista del Centro de Estudios y Documentación "Jorge Luis 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


MLA Style