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Reconstructing the Past in Novels of Post-Franco Spain

Research Sources & Tips









Journal Articles

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Overviews

Critical Biographies

Overviews and Surveys

Overviews and Surveys


Dictionary of Literary Biography

Contemporary Literary Criticism


CREDO Reference

Over 600 reference resources from numerous publishers.


Oxford Reference

100 major Oxford University Press dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works in all subjects.


Cambridge Companion to the Spanish Novel. PQ6138 .C36 2003

Historia de la Novela Española, 1936-2000. / Ignacio Soldevilla Durante. PQ6144 .S62 2001 

La Novela Social Española: Conformación Ideológica, Teoría y Crítica. (Stacks: PQ6144 .A4 1996)

Theories of Memory: a Reader. / edited by Michael Rossington and Anne Whitehead; contributing editors, Linda Anderson ... [et al.]. BF371 .T446 2007a


Spanish Civil War Memory Project

The University of California, San Diego in collaboration with several Spanish civic associations, including the Federacion Estatal de Foros por La Memoria and others, have put together this digital archive of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship, including audiovisual testimonies of militants, witnesses, and victims of the Spanish Civil War and Francoist repression, in English and Spanish.


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)



Path of Discovery in the Catalog

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.



Herzberger, David K.


Narrating the Past: Fiction and Historiography in Postwar Spain


Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 1995.


Spanish fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.

Literature and history -- Spain.

Historiography -- Spain.

Spain -- History -- 20th century -- Historiography.




"Memory in literature" and (spain or spanish) in Tufts Libraries Catalog


su:"literature and history" su: "spanish" in BLC WorldCat

Literary Writers and Their Works

Martín Gaite Carmen

Javier Cercas

Carme Riera

Vicente Molina-Foix


History and Criticism

Spanish literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism

Spanish fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.


in the Broader Contexts:

Spanish literature

Spanish Literature -- 20th Century.



Spanish drama

Spanish fiction

Spanish poetry


III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Search Tips:

C. Finding Full Text

1 & 2. JSTOR and Project Muse


Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.



Expand your search into more databases and from various perspectives

3. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a Quick Start. Here are some RSS feeds:



4. Literature (MLA) and Latin American Studies



5. Historical Abstracts


6. Women's Studies International


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


1. Build up your search

1a. Start with names of literary writers and authors of articles and books in your readings; titles of the literary works, and of those readings as well.

2a. Examine the initial search results to discover what scholars have written about these writers, authors, and their works: "issues" addressed; the central debates on these issues, evidence and methods applied in analysis of these issues, and so on.

3a. You may choose to focus on some typical elements:

*imagery or themes;


*the plot, events, actions;

*the settings

*literary devices, e.g. points of view, the interplay of memory and history; etc.

*Other literary techniques, e.g. metaphor, and other types of figurative language;

*and more.


2. Bibliographies and More Articles Like This "Perfect" One


Search, in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, (part of Web of Science) for the article you have read.

For example:

Vilarós, Teresa M. "The Monkeys of the Spanish Disenchantment + Post-Franco Spanish Literature and Politics." MLN-Modern Language Notes 109: 2 (1994), 217-235.
References: 36 Times Cited: 3

You can, then, look up, in the record, the 36 references that Vilarós cited for her article and, in turn, 3 articles that cited hers. The assumption is that these articles address related issues.


1. Not every single article is cited;
2. Influential authors are cited more often;
3. More recent publications take time to be cited.


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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