Biblioteca : Latin American and Iberian Resources at Georgetown

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September 7, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Anna Simon, who is the art librarian here at Georgetown, recently reminded me that ARTstor has many resources for Latin American and Iberian art. At the time of this writing, there are over 31,000 images from Spain, Mexico has almost 38,000, and Cuba has nearly 2800, and the collection for all countries is always growing. The URL for the Georgetown community is linked at the end of this post.

While ARTstor is set up great for browsing, I recommend the advanced search, which is in really bright letters on the upper left of the homepage. This way you can search more than one place or classification at the same time, specific dates, as well as specific artists (change “in any field” to “in Creator only”.) So far I have found quite a bit of contemporary art from Central America and the Caribbean, plans and photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s design of Brasília, nearly 400 beautiful medieval and early modern Spanish manuscripts, and 150 works by Frida Kahlo. Remember to double-click on the image to see the larger version of it (I forgot at first and was a bit confused for a minute.)

Note that if you create an account within ARTstor (upper right), you’ll be able to save images, extract metadata for bibliographies, and many other useful options, including a presentation tool. These are under the links in bold towards the top of the homepage.

Also, please take note of ARTstor’s terms and conditions, available at the bottom of each page and expanded image, as well as here. These options are very important to keep in mind if you plan on using these images outside of ARTstor.

Please feel free to get in touch with me and/or Anna if you have further questions. Members of the Georgetown community can access ARTstor here.

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Cantigas Medievais Galego-Portuguesas

August 31, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Yet another posting that came to me via SALALM. The Cantigas Medievais Galego-Portuguesas is a searchable database of Medieval Galician/Portuguese songs. It is available in both Portuguese and English versions, just click on the appropriate flag on the upper right. Several Portuguese institutions were involved in its making, including the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. You can search by lyrics, theme, genre, and many more options under “Todos os temas e subtemas/All themes and subthemes.”

One fantastic feature of the database is that it includes recordings of them. For example, if you go to all of the songs (via the Cantigas link on the left), you’ll see a few symbols that mean there is more information about different versions of it, including modern ones (the note), actual recordings (the “volume” symbol) and if a score is available (the treble staff.) The score, if available, is linked in the box at the bottom right rather than appearing on the same page with the other features. I haven’t checked every single song, of course, but I do believe they all have at least a scanned manuscript of the lyrics as well.

I will soon be creating a research guide specifically for Portuguese, Lusophone, and Galician resources, and this, of course, will be on it! I hope you find it useful.

Have a relaxing and safe weekend!

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Featured resource: “Correlates of War” (UIUC)

July 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Thanks to a great feature on my research guides, I can see what are the most popular resources. (No worries about privacy; the statistics are completely anonymous. All I can see are numbers.) I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the less popular resources that you may still find to be useful. Today’s entry is Correlates of War, which is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It has many data sets that all kinds of researchers may find useful, and it is free. It is more like a clearinghouse of other data sets, although the site’s owner, Prof. Paul Diehl, does provide some of his own. Access the data sets by clicking on the “Available Data Sets” link on the left.

Obviously, most of the data sets deal with treaties, militarized disputes, alliances, etc. But those interested in strictly diplomacy and trade issues will find it useful as well; see the last two links on the data sets page. Make sure you use the site’s Country Codes (first link under “Available Data Sets”) before jumping into a specific topic, so you know which country is which.

Feel free to get in touch about this resource, or any others. If you need some general background on statistics, this page of one of my research guides will help you. Also, the Department of Math & Statistics offers a Consulting Clinic when you need to get down to the nitty-gritty. More information on that is here.

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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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