Biblioteca : Latin American and Iberian Resources at Georgetown

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New semester and news about a Bolaño novel

January 28, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Greetings from Lau! I hope you have been coping with the snow ok. Very, very, gradually the city is showing signs of improvement, and I look forward to when I won’t need my giant boots again. I grew up in central Illinois and got my BA in Minneapolis-St. Paul, so this weather isn’t completely foreign to me, but I’m definitely not used to it anymore, either!

First, let me know about any of your research needs and, if you teach, please let me know if you need any kind of library instruction. I welcome individual meetings (in-person or via the chat on my research guides), group meetings for a specific project, e-mail, in-class instruction, or really any way that is the most convenient for you. I have begun teleworking on Mondays, but thanks to technology, I can certainly be in touch! If, however, you do need me to come in on Monday for a class or some other kind of presentation, I can simply change my telework day to accommodate this.

Second, I just read that Roberto Bolaño’s last novel, 2666, is being adapted into a play at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. It will be quite interesting to see how this turns out, although I am hopeful as the Goodman does great work. We have a fair amount about Bolaño and his work in Lauinger, and there always seems to be more. In 2013, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona held an exhibition based on his archives, and much of its website is still active. And yes, we have the exhibition catalog right here in Lau!

Have a great semester. When I was in school, I often found the spring semester to be more grueling than the fall one; the end is in sight but there’s still a bit a hurdle to go. Let me know if there’s any way the library can make your life a little easier!

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Theses/Dissertations

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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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 mrs249@georgetown.edu 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 mrs249@georgetown.edu 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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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 mrs249@georgetown.edu to get it going.

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