Biblioteca : Latin American and Iberian Resources at Georgetown

Entries from May 2012


May 29, 2012 · Leave a Comment

ProQuest Dissertations & Thesis (the first database on this research guide) is an excellent way to get full-text theses and dissertations from around the world. Note that you can limit the searches here in a variety of ways: advisor and institution names, topics, and so on. The same guide includes links to several other resources that will help you find a particular thesis or dissertation, primarily from English-speaking countries. Many thanks to my colleague and friend David Gibbs for creating this guide.

Of course, if you are looking for theses and/or dissertations, you are probably about to set out to write your own. Lauinger owns around 28 titles on researching and writing major projects; the link to the titles in the library catalog is here. This title also seems to be helpful. If you know of a good handbook for thesis and dissertation writers that the library does not own, please let us know, and we will very likely purchase it.

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More on Carlos Fuentes

May 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

If any literary/intellectual history scholars reading this are doing work on Carlos Fuentes, I recently learned from my colleague Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez at Princeton University that his library houses a large Fuentes archive. More info here.

Please make any visiting arrangements directly with Princeton. Princeton is about a 2 1/2 hour train ride from DC.

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May 22, 2012 · Leave a Comment


Quick post: since it’s summer, at least according to the academic calendar, I’ll be posting slightly less than before, probably about once or twice per week unless I am on vacation. As the fall semester nears, I’ll go back writing a daily post (or close to it, at any rate.) If there is anything you would like to know more about, let me know and I’ll write about it! Happy Tuesday.

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Montevideo-Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (MOxLAD)

May 21, 2012 · Leave a Comment

MOxLAD is a free online database that contains a wealth of 20th-century historical economic data. The search itself is very intuitive and presented very clearly, and results are available as a .csv file. It also well-documented; click on “Sources” in the very last line of your results to see where the data came from, and there is an entire list of references as well. Because these data are based on historical evidence and other sources, sometimes years are missing, as in the case of the manufacturing EAP for Cuba. Nonetheless, as research continues, we can hope that this database will only improve on what is already a great resource.

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Manel – “La gent normal”

May 21, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I promised a fun post on Friday, but I ended up doing reference for part of the day and didn’t get a chance. Here is the Catalan band Manel’s cover of Pulp’s “Common People.” Gaudeix!

Manel – "La gent normal"

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Approval of comments

May 18, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Thanks to a large amount of spam that came through last night, I’m going to start approving comments one by one. I’ll probably stop at some point, but I’d rather do this for the time being rather than having spam.

A fun post will be coming later today. Congrats to all Georgetown graduates this weekend!

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Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)

May 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Georgetown’s Special Collections Research Center is on the top floor of Lauinger, and is open to anyone who wishes to use the materials housed there. For Latin American and Iberian materials, it can be invaluable for your research, especially (but not only) if you are in need of primary resources. I highly recommend that you consider it in your research strategy, you may be surprised by what useful sources you find there.

In a previous post I discussed how to use search limits in GEORGE to find films. It is not so different to find things in the Special Collections Research Center. Using the advanced GEORGE search (here), use the drop-down box under “Location” to limit the search to “LAU Special Coll.”

One great thing about special collections, besides simply looking through cool stuff, is that they have a wide variety of materials. For example, start by putting “Latin America” in the search box, limit the location, and then material type “Maps & Atlases.” There are two results, one of which dates from 1758, and the other appears to be a fancy facsimile edition of Columbus’s diaries that includes many maps. So, few results sometimes does not mean bad results!

Again, the SCRC’s webpage is here. Feel free to get in touch with anyone there if you would like further assistance, they will be more than happy to help you. Students, faculty, and outside researchers are all welcome.

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Carlos Fuentes in Lauinger

May 16, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Given the sad event of Carlos Fuentes’s passing yesterday, I thought I would present some resources that relate to him and his works that we have here at Lauinger.

We have over 100 of his works in the catalog here.

The Special Collections Research Center has several first editions and/or copies signed by Fuentes himself, all listed here.

Click here for literary criticism about his works. For criticism on a specific work, look after the work itself. For example, if you only want criticism about La muerte de Artemio Cruz, rather than his works in general, simply look after that title on the shelf in the stacks. (General criticism about a particular author is generally at the very end of his or her call number range.)

And here are biographies, festschriften, and/or autobiographies.

I did not know until I read the obituary in the Post today that he spent part of his childhood in Washington, DC, and went to elementary school at HD Cooke in Adams Morgan. Let me know if you know of any other DC and/or Georgetown connections.

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso wins award from the Library of Congress

May 15, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Former president of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso has just won the Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity from the Library of Congress. There will be a ceremony on July 10 at the Jefferson Building. More details here.

I took a tour of the Hispanic Reading Room and the library’s other area studies reading rooms not too long ago, and learned a great deal about the Kluge Center in the process. A friend of mine was a fellow there in 2008, and he said it was one of the best academic experiences he has ever had. More information about the Center and its various programs is here.

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Edward Tufte seminar in Arlington in June

May 14, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Again another topic that is not specifically Latin American or Iberian in particular, but I think it will be useful for anyone doing research at Georgetown (or, well, anywhere for that matter!) Edward Tufte, a Yale professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science, will be in Arlington in June to hold one of his seminars on information design and presentation.

If you work with data quite a bit, you will find his work to be incredibly useful in presenting your research as clearly as possible. And even if you don’t work with a lot of data, his views and methods on creating thoughtful and meaningful presentations will be endlessly helpful. A friend of mine from library school attended his seminar a few years ago and found it incredibly useful in her work as a social science data librarian. Finally, his books are simply beautiful works of art in themselves, and have made me think very differently about data and how to present it.

Information about the seminars (dates, topics covered, etc.) is here, and check the links at the top for more information about Tufte and his work. Future cities included in his seminars are, as of this writing, New York City, Denver, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.

We have all of his books at Lauinger here.

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