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Which journals are in which databases?

June 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment


With the ever-increasing number of full-text journals available in our databases, it can be frustrating to simply browse new issues of your favorite ones. It’s very easy to find the print copies in the stacks and just leaf through them, and as a semi-Luddite myself, nothing beats sitting and relaxing with something that exists in the actual world. But have no fear, with just one extra step, you can find these journals in the databases as well, and then simply “leaf” through them online.

The key is the switch the main search box on the library web page to “Journals.” You can find journals in the catalog, but many times the rather generic names can make for a lot of similar and therefore confusing entries*. However, the “Journals” search is much more direct, and the results will lead you directly to the databases in which there is full-text availability. For example, Bulletin of Spanish Studies is available in a few different databases (click to enlarge):


Once you’re in a particular database, you can usually browse by year, and then drill down to particular issues from there. In addition, you can often receive an e-mail or RSS notifications for when the latest issue is available; these options are often under links titled “Share” or something similar. Also note that you can still get to the catalog record in GEORGE.

*There’s also a history of when new catalog records were created for serials, hence it may seem that there is some duplication of records for the same title. If you really want to get technical, have a look at the latest rules (.doc) on this issue!

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October 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

I’m back after a little trip to New York for a talk about the Biblioteca Digital Mexicana (more on that in another post) and a brief trip to my parents’ house in Illinois. It was a good break after a few rather intense weeks in Washington, and it’s hard to believe we are already halfway through the semester!

If you were at Georgetown before this academic year, you may have noticed quite a few changes on the library’s home page. Essentially, the list that was on the left is now under the menus at the top, and the search box that used to be on the upper right is now much more prominent.

The biggest change within the search box is undoubtedly the addition of OneSearch. OneSearch is meant to be a Google-like search. It can search across GEORGE, the library catalog, the WRLC catalog, and many different journal article databases all at the same time. It does not search *all* of the databases, however, and soon I hope to post which ones are included (I do know MLA International, Historical Abstracts, and other major ones are in there, however.)

OneSearch is good for a starting point, especially if you are less familiar with your topic. For example, I have a good idea where to start with a paper for a colonial Latin American history course: the Latin American Studies research guide . But I would have a tougher time knowing about a course that dealt with recent trends in Mexican business, so for this I would use OneSearch as my initial search. From there, I can see which databases and journals are being used more often, or which call numbers or subject headings are more common, and so on.

Another good use for OneSearch is to find out the latest research on any given topic. Using the limits on the left side of the results page, you can limit to the most recent year or years, and quickly find the latest research trends (especially if you limit to articles only.) As with any database, including library catalogs, keep in mind the use of limits to help narrow your search results.

Feel free to give feedback to me or any staff member about OneSearch. Have a great week!

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Hugo Chávez

March 27, 2013 · Leave a Comment

With the recent passing of Hugo Chávez, I thought I would write up a post about library resources about him and his presidency. One thing to keep in mind while searching these is that different resources use different forms of his name. So if you’re not finding much with just “Hugo Chávez” try “Hugo Chávez Frías” or even “President Chávez,” which brought up the best results in International Political Science database for me.

First, we have over 100 books about him from a wide variety of perspectives. The Washington Research Library Consortium has a few more, all of which are free for Georgetown users to borrow.

For scholarly articles in Spanish about him, I recommend using the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) and Redalyc from UNAM. Both contain excellent articles about him, again from a variety of perspectives.

Finally, for primary resources about Chávez, check World Scholar: Latin America & and the Caribbean (use the “More” drop-down menu as well) and Latin American Newsstand for articles from about the last ten years or so.

Of course my suggestions are merely that, suggestions, so feel free to search any source, you never know what you may stumble across. The best searches are more like a treasure hunt that takes some time instead of a quick Google-style search; the results are more important than the process.

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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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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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