James H. Thomason Library

SPANISH 350: Latin American Cinema
Reference Sources  


  Spanish Language Dictionaries
  Film Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Latin America--Encyclopedias, Companions.
Citation Style
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan
Locating Articles  
Journal Article Databases
  Newspaper Databases
Journal Finder
Internet Resources  

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Reference Sources  
Spanish Language Dictionaries   back to top

The Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary: Spanish-English  or  English-Spanish [Oxford Reference Online], Nicholas Rollin, editor, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
Diccionario de Autoridades / Real Academia Española. Editorial Gredos, 1990.

Main Level, Reference: R 463 R229D [3 vols]

Gran Diccionario Cuyás: Inglés-Español, Español-Ingles. por Arturo y Antonio Cuyás.  Ediciones Hymsa, 1985.
Main Level, Reference:
R 463.2 C99G

Gran Diccionario y Gramática de la Lengua Española. Nauta, c1987.

Main Level, Reference: R 463 G762G [2 vols]

Film Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions   back to top

Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts, Routledge, 2002. 
Main Level, Reference: R 791.43 H335C   

Key genres, movements, theories and production terms are explained and analyzed with depth and clarity.

The Film Encyclopedia, HarperPerennial, 2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 791.4303 K159F   

The Film Studies Dictionary, Arnold  Press/ Oxford University Press, 2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 791.4303 B61F 

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers [Gale Virtual Reference Library], St. James Press, 2001. 
Electronic edition of four volume set giving thorough coverage of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists. Entries include a detailed essay written by an expert; biographies; filmographies; comprehensive credits; major awards; and updated bibliographies, as well as photographs. For general and professional audiences.

South American Cinema: A Critical Filmography, 1915-1994 / edited by Timothy Barnard and Peter Rist University of Texas Press, 1998, c1996.

Main Level, Reference: R 791.4375 So87S

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, Knopf, 2003. 
Main Level, Reference: R 791.430922 T382B 

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, Schirmer Reference, 2007.

Main Level, Reference: R 791.4303 G767S [4 vols]


Latin America -- Encyclopedias & Companions back to top

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin American Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2004.    

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 980.03 C144C

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures, Routledge, 2000.    Main Level, Reference: R 972.9003 En19E [3 vols] 

New title! Encyclopedia of Latin America, Facts On File, 2010.

Main Level, Reference: R 980.01303 En19R [4 vols]

v. 1. Amerindians through foreign colonization (prehistory to 1560) / J. Michael Francis, volume editor -- v. 2. From colonies to independent nations (1550s to 1820s) / Mark A. Burkholder, volume editor -- v. 3. Search for national identity (1820s to 1900) / Monica A. Rankin, volume editor -- v. 4. The age of globalization (1900 to the present) / Thomas M. Leonard, volume editor


Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture available through Gale World History in Context, Scribner's: Macmillan Library Reference USA, c1996.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference:

R 980.003 En19E  [5 vols]

Select Reference above the search box to find information in this source.


Encyclopedia of World Cultures. G.K. Hall Pub., 1991-1996 [10 vols].

Main Level, Reference: R 306.097 En19E 

Lists and describes more than 1,500 global cultures including specific tribes and indigenous groups. Based on research of social scientists, it is the source for historical, social, political, economic, linguistic, religious, and other information on virtually every existing culture. Volumes 7 and 8 cover South America and Middle America and the Caribbean.

The Latino Encyclopedia, Marshall Cavendish, c1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 973.0468 L349L [6 vols] 


Citation Style back to top

Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

Online MLA style manual with guidelines and examples.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. Modern Language Association, 2009.   
Main Level, Ready Reference Shelf
(located behind Reference Desk)

and Reference: R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Locating Books back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, then first name:              
    Guevara, Ernesto   [as AUTHOR]
    Guevara, Ernesto   [as SUBJECT]
    Guevara, Ernesto, 1928-1967 -- Diaries. [In PASCAL catalog]

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). The terms below are examples of subject headings related to Hispanic culture:
              Examples of LC Subject Headings in THOMCAT  
  Motion pictures -- Latin America  
  Motion pictures, Mexican  
  Motion pictures -- Mexico  
  Motion pictures -- Cuba -- History -- 20th century  
  Motion pictures -- Cuba -- History -- 21st century  
  Foreign films -- Brazil  
  Motion pictures -- History  
     The following subject headings are included in the PASCAL catalog:  
  Motion pictures -- Latin America  
Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- Latin America

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.

  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate

or expand a term up to five letters or
** for unlimited additional letters:

cinema* = cinemas, cinematic
cinema** = cinematographer, etc.

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
   AND  cultur*

· Use OR between synonyms or related terms to expand your search:
film* OR cinema*

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs & library databases.

PASCAL Catalog -If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

Locating Articles back to top
Article Databases back to top

Academic Search Premier  [EBSCOhost]Pascal Logo

Search for journal and magazine articles in ALL academic disciplines.

Academic OneFile [Thomson Gale]
Multidisciplinary database with full-text articles from scholarly sources.

Gale Biography in Context [Thomson Gale]

Search for a person by name or search for people who fit a profile based on personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search. Includes biography and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Use for literature and language topics. Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

An archive of over 350 full-text journals which can be searched at this site. Other PC databases link to JSTOR articles through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles. As an archive, JSTOR does not provide the most current three to five year issues of the journals as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Newspaper Article Databases   back to top

The New York Times Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ag

News - LexisNexis
Full-text U.S. & international newspapers & news magazines.

Journal Finder back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals,

magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Your search results in PC article databases contain many direct links to article full-text.

If no direct links are shown, follow the
"Check Journal Finder"
link to find full-text (follow steps below).



Example of an article citation:

Chitra Ragavan, Terror on the streets,

U.S. News & World Report 137.21 [vol.issue]
(Dec 13, 2004): p 20.


If you already have a citation and are trying to find the article, click the link below and follow the steps to determine whether full-text is available for the article you need:


  1. Note the date of the journal issue you need before following Journal Finder link.
  2. Type the title of the journal or magazine in the "Browse Journals by Title" box (example:US News & World Report).
  3. You may need to select your title from the results. Click on the title you seek.
  4. Note the dates available online for that journal. If "Full Text Online" is not available, look under "Full Text in your Library" - we may have what you need in print.
  5. Click on a database that covers the date you need.
  6. Choose, year and issue OR volume and issue, then look through contents of that issue for the article you need. Articles are usually listed in page number order.
  7. Full text articles are usually in HTML or PDF format. Click on a link to view the article. If you have questions, please contact a Reference Librarian.


ELECTRONIC RES Internet Resources back to top

Cinema [Latin American Network Information Center. U. of Texas at Austin]

Portal site to a variety of internet resources on Latin American cinema.

Categories include: Regional Resources, General Resources, and Country Resources.


Get Help back to top
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