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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Spanish & Portuguese Research Guide

Electronic Resources

Databases at UMass

 (The following database links are broken and we re investigating restoring access.)

Literature Resource Center
A large collection of literature reference material, including criticism and author biographies.

Indexes thousands of Latin American science, social science and humanities journals. Articles in Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, 1975-present.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance
A bibliography of scholarly publications on the Middle Ages and Renaissance; the ITER Italia manuscript catalog; and three journals. Covers the period 400-1700; citations date back to 1784.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History & Culture
Second edition of modern encyclopedia on Latin America

Free e-resources

Free e-resources

Biblioteca Virtual Cervantes
A project inaugurated in 1999 to make the bibliographic, historical, and documentary patrimony of the Latin American and Hispanic worlds widely available online. Contains thousands of full-text books, documents, and criticism online.

Romanische Bibliographie
Online access to German-produced bibliography on Romance languages & literatures.

Digitized Spanish-language journals from the Hemeroteca Nacional, BNE
Free access to digitzed magazines from Spain and Latin America.

Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature (Iberian Studies)
A mega-gateway from the Western European Studies Section of ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries), with links to electronic literature collections in Western European languages.

Biblioteca Digital Hispánica
"La Biblioteca Digital Hispánica (BDH) es un recurso en línea de la Biblioteca Nacional de España, que proporciona acceso libre y gratuito a miles de documentos digitalizados.

Dicionario biográfico español
Database of persons maintained by the Real Academia de la Historia.

Provides access to over 100 digital collections of archives, libraries, and museums in Spain. Includes a directory of +500 digital projects created by both public and private institutions in Spain. Hispania is coordinated by the Ministry of Culture, Spain."

"Dialnet es un portal de difusión de la producción científica hispana.Es necesario registrarse para suscribirse a los servicios de alerta y acceder a otras opciones personalizadas." Dialnet's home page says it has 5,520 journals and over 2 million documents. Individual registration is required. The interface is available in many other langauges besdies Spanish, including English.

Compludoc indexes over 4,000 journals analyzed at the library of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Citations include author, article title, journal title, year of publication, volume and number.

Real Academia Española
Includes the online dictionary of the Real Academia Española, the "official" arbiter of the Castillian language, as well as the Corpus de Referencia del Español Actual (CREA) and the Corpus Diacrónico del Español (CORDE).

Dicionario biográfico español
Database of persons maintained by the Real Academia de la Historia.

Corpus de Español
This website allows you to quickly and easily search more than 100 million words in more than 20,000 Spanish texts from the 1200s to the 1900s.

Teatro del Siglo de Oro
Full-text works from the Spanish Golden Age, digitized by the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid.

Iberian Studies Web
Colelction of online resources on Iberia assembled by the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries

Out of the Wings: Spanish & Spanish American Theatres in Translation
Database of translations of classic Spanish & Latin American plays..

Basque Database
"The database provides access to information about Basque topics written or produced after 1994. Core journals are indexed completely while other journal articles appear in the database when they fit the scope of the database. Formats included are articles, books, chapters of edited books, dissertations, and other publications. Also included are Basque-related videos and DVDs, musical recordings, maps, and other media. The database currently contains more than 18,000 records." 

Traces: Un portal de literature catalana
Bibliographic database on Catalan language and literature; housed at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Biblioteca Virtual del Principado de Asturias
"La Biblioteca Virtual del Principado de Asturias es un nuevo paso de un amplio proyecto de accesibilidad digital de las colecciones bibliográficas históricas de Asturias, y se encuentra en la línea de la actuación del Ministerio de Cultura para promover la creación de repositorios y recursos digitales, de forma normalizada, con el objetivo de facilitar el acceso común al Patrimonio Bibliográfico Español."

Center for Research Libraries
Catalog of over four million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, and government publications, with an emphasis on non-U.S. materials. Use interlibrary loan to request items.

More open-access resources

Other open-access resources can be found on the Latin American Studies Research Guide page.