Welcome to the SPAN 4011: Survey of Spanish Literature Course Guide. This guide will contain helpful explanations of material covered during the library class. It contains information on how to locate online materials, print materials, and how to get library help. It also contains a link to the general Foreign Language Subject Guide that contains helpful information about searching in this subject matter generally, meaning beyond the scope of this particular class and assignments.
When you begin a research project, it is a good idea to take a moment to reflect on your prior knowledge of the topic area. How much do you already know about this topic? How confident are you in moving forward with this topic? In most cases, you will need to do a bit of research to get some general information on your topic.
A great way to gather background information is through searching reference materials. Reference materials such as Encyclopedias and Dictionaries are arranged alphabetically and contain a general overview of a term or subject matter. The library has access to encyclopedias and dictionaries in print and online through particular databases. Two great general reference databases are located below.