Biblioteca : Latin American and Iberian Resources at Georgetown

Entries from April 2012

Marcelo Jeneci

April 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I was lucky to see this excellent Brazilian singer/songwriter last fall at the Millennium Stage series at the Kennedy Center. If you haven’t gone to these concerts, they are every day at 6 PM (including all holidays!) and often include Latin American and Iberian performers, and…they are FREE.

Marcelo Jeneci interpreta "Felicidade"

More on the Millennium Stage series here.

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Interesting historical linguistics resource

April 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

First, Happy Georgetown Day!

Second, here is a possibly great resource for those who work in historical linguistics (or at least have homework in it!), Brill’s Dictionary of Arabic and Allied Loanwords, in the Reference stacks on the third floor of Lauinger. (call number PC307.A7 C67 2008.) Even as a non-Arabic speaker, I found it quite easy to use, and many of the entries are fascinating. A Google Books preview of it is here, but, yes, you’ll have to come to the library to use the whole thing.

I’ll post a fun video later. It’s Friday, after all.

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Things for fall

April 25, 2012 · Leave a Comment

It may seem odd to think about the fall semester already when summer is right around the corner, but I wanted to let you know ahead of time some things I can provide for faculty and students as the next semester begins.

Instruction: If you are a professor, I’d be happy to either come to your classroom or hold a research instruction session here at Lauinger. I can take the entire time or as little as 10 minutes to present a brief overview. I can also hold two shorter sessions over the course of the semester; the one at the start would be for presenting the basics of research at Georgetown, and the second would be for helping students if they are stuck and need other suggestions, and/or to start putting together their final bibliography. If you are a student, see if your professor would be interested in this. I realize class time is valuable, but even a few minutes can help students a great deal with their research projects. You can request an instruction session here.

Research consultations: Anyone, faculty, student, outside researchers, etc., can make an appointment with me to go over resources to help with her or his research. It doesn’t have to be for a paper or a presentation, either; for example, I’d be happy to help you set up RSS feeds to know when new titles in your specialty arrive at the library, searching for primary resources in general, and so on. Simply e-mail me at to get started.

Research guides: I am more than happy to make research guides for anything you are working on, be it a class you are teaching, a informal working group on a specific topic, or perhaps background information on a conference that is going to be held on campus. I have several research guides already (they are here), and over the course of the summer, I will be creating new ones specifically for Spanish peninsular literature, Latin American history, Spanish linguistics, Spanish American literature, Catalan literature, and literature and linguistics in Portuguese. Please let me know if you would like a research guide as soon as you can; just drop a line at and I’ll be in touch.

Most importantly, please just drop a line if you have any questions, issues, etc. Even if I am unable to help you (say with an interlibrary loan problem), I can get you to the right people to resolve it. Good luck with the rest of the semester and thanks for reading.

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April 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I have just learned about this source from my colleague Bill Olsen. It is a kind of clearinghouse for various kinds of data and reports about international development programs, including quite a few that either took place in or were started by various Latin American countries. It is here.

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Online Chilean cultural magazine

April 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Via a colleague at Stanford University, I just learned about this online Chilean magazine, Revista Escáner. Its focus is about half Latin American, half international, although this varies greatly from issue to issue. And it’s free!

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Searching for films

April 16, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Films in languages other than English are found in two places at Georgetown, the Gelardin New Media Center in Lauinger, and also the Learning Language Technology Center in ICC. If, for example, you knew of a Brazilian film that had the word “sol” in the title, but you couldn’t quite remember it, you can limit the search to only search these locations so your results won’t be overwhelming. Here’s how:

1. Starting at the library webpage,, click on “Library Catalog” on the upper left.

2. On the next screen, click on “GEORGE” classic.

3. On the next screen, beneath the search boxes, you’ll see a list of option under “Limited to.” There you can limit by location (LAU Gelardin Media Center for example.) Unfortunately, as of this writing, it is not possible to search only two places at the same time, but you can just go back to this search page and change the location.

Also note that you can limit the kind of materials and the language as well. So using our “sol” example, you can limit it to both LAU Gelardin and Film & Video, and also Portuguese, since you know it’s a Brazilian film. This will produce only a few results, which in this case is a good thing!

You can also use the other kinds of limits to distinguish between screenplays and the films themselves, such as the case with Almodóvar’s ¡Átame!

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Online documentary film resource

April 10, 2012 · Leave a Comment

We have just added a new database, Filmmakers Library Online, by the Alexander Street Press. This resource contains over 1000 documentary films from all over the world, including many Latin American and Caribbean countries, Portugal, and Mozambique, for those interested in Portuguese-speaking Africa. (None from Spain yet, but let’s hope there will be soon!) You can access it here.

If you are logging in from off-campus, it may be easiest to first log in the library site by clicking on the “Off-Campus Access” button on the main library page. Then go to the resource’s URL above after verifying your Georgetown information. Feel free to contact me or the library if you are having problems with off-campus access.

We welcome feedback on this and any other of our resources. Enjoy!

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New Research Guide

April 9, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I have just created a new research guide for Latin American Data and Statistics. The link is here.

Please feel free to let me know what you think, and I welcome suggestions for new guides. Next I will start working on guides for literatures in Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish. I also would be happy to create guides for specific courses; just get in touch with me at to get it going.

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Still here!

April 5, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Hello again! Well, the semester has been a busy one, but busy = good. I will be posting almost daily from now on, except for weekends and holidays.

It is the first day of Easter break and I just wanted to take a moment to highlight a source that is a bit buried at the moment, Archives Unbound. While most of the archive deals with historical events in and about the United States, two may be of interest to Latin American scholars, Feminism in Cuba 1889-1958 and Foreign Relations Between Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944. I am considering possible purchases from this company, so please let me know what you think.

You can access these via the Archives Unbound link on this page, about 3/4 of the way down. If you’re off-campus, you may need to sign in first.

Click here for Archives Unbound

Have a great Easter weekend!

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