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¡Colombia! Euskera!

December 18, 2015 · Leave a Comment

One of the many big news stories coming out of Latin America this week is the advancement of the Colombian peace accords in Havana. We have A LOT on Colombia here at Lauinger, and I’m continually striving to get more. It is still too early to have any books or scholarly articles about the recent developments in the peace process, but if you are interested in current news and analysis, check out Latin American Newsstand, in which you can limit by date and language on the left, or CIAO, which you can also limit by date. In general I found simply searching on the words “Colombia peace” (without the quotes in the actual search) produced better results than “Colombia peace process.”  Note that in Latin American Newsstand you can receive e-mail updates on the upper right of the results list, under “Save Search/Alert,” so you can be continually updated.

In completely different news, I just read this article that Basque culture will be the theme of next year’s Smithsonian Folklife festival here in DC in late June and early July next year. Information is not up yet about next year’s festival, but they are generally held in the same area on the National Mall, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

A quick keyword search in GEORGE reveals that we have about 635 titles in or about the region, people, and language. For articles on Basque history or politics, try databases like Historical Abstracts or International Political Science Abstracts, and for literature and language, MLA International and Linguistic and Language Behavior Abstracts. The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno has a great list of links about Basque culture and history as well. I’d love to get at least a few more Basque language self-instruction resources for Lau, but they are few and far between. Do let me know (mrs249[at] if you see anything that interests you! I believe with the possibility of Catalan independence, there is also growing interest in the Basque Country, the Valencian Community, and Galicia as well, and I will continue to seek these resources.

I’ll end my last post of the year on a lighter note. My friend Neil let me know earlier today about this documentary on Basque strongmen. It talks a great deal about Basque culture and daily life, especially in the rural areas, and I think it is a good way to wind down at the end of the semester. Happy holidays to all and see you in the New Year! I’ll be back on January 4. Les deseo paz y felicidades en el año nuevo.

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La saga Fernández-Shaw y el teatro lírico (Fundación Juan March)

November 7, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hi everyone. Well, it is well over halfway through the semester, and I realized that I haven’t blogged in a very long time! It has been a busy time, but mostly good. To make up for it, today I’ll write two posts!

This first post is about a new online archive of Spain’s Fernández-Shaw family, which created over 100 works of various genres musical theater (zarzuelas, sainetes, operas, etc.) The archive was done and is hosted by the Fundación Juan March, and contains nearly 5000 individual documents divided by composer (Carlos, the father, and his sons Guillermo and Rafael.) Even if your research is not about musical theater itself, the archive is an excellent reflection of one of Spain’s most turbulent centuries. The family also traveled extensively throughout the Western Hemisphere, and documents like this one make for fascinating study if your interests fall in the Transatlantic realm.

The archive is searchable by index, but there doesn’t seem to be any OCR. Nonetheless, the archive appears to be well-indexed and searches worked well, and metadata is extremely thorough. You can narrow results from the list on the left. Finally, to see a whole document, click on “Ver documento” and not the image. Most images also seem to be available in .pdf.

Here is the direct link to the archive is here:

Second post in a little bit! Happy Friday.

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World Literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia

February 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Via the EBSCO Ebooks I wrote about earlier, we now have access to World Literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia. Besides covering an enormous range of writers and themes from Latin America and Spain, it also has entries on literature from Equatorial Guinea and the Philippines. Most of the entries are quite brief and include a tiny bibliography, but I think its breadth more than makes up for the brevity. Also check out the appendices, in which entries are listed chronologically and geography, a glossary of literary terms, as well as recent bibliography in English and a listing of free electronic resources.

Rather than going straight into the “book,” I found using the menus on the database entry page to be the easiest starting point (i.e. find the link for the letter H first, rather than starting in G and clicking to go forward.) Once you’re “in” the book, searching and other options (highlighting, e-mailing/printing, etc.) are on the right side of the screen. I think this encyclopedia is especially ideal for undergraduates, but if anyone is need of some quick and basic information on a writer or literary movement, this is a great place to start. I have also linked it in the “Reference” section of my Spanish and Portuguese Literatures and Linguistics guide.

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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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Talk on Al-Andalus at the Library of Congress tomorrow

August 1, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Hello! Just a brief event announcement for the moment. Tomorrow, according to the library’s event e-mail I just received, Peter Wien, a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, will be speaking on “Al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain, and its role as nationalist symbol for Arab-Muslim civilization throughout the 20th century.” More info is here.

And if you are interested in becoming a Kluge Fellow (or just want to know more about the program), here is that information. I can’t make it to the talk, but I’m sure it will be fascinating.

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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 Spanish film festival

July 18, 2012 · Leave a Comment

From my colleague at the University of Virginia, I just received word of the second Festival de cine online. Learn more and watch the films here.

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New online resource: Catálogo monumental de España

May 8, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Acabo de recibir la noticia que se ha puesto en vivo el Catálogo monumental de España. Contiene imágenes digitalizadas de guías y fotos de los monumentos de cada provincia española. Para los que estudian la historia, la arqueología greco-romana, la literatura o simplemente quieren aprender por la curiosidad, espero que sea aprovechable. Está aquí.

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