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Reference materials help you find background information on a topic, and are a great place to begin your research.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    More than 90,000 reference articles from subject-specific encyclopedias across all major disciplines.
  • CultureGrams
    Cultural reports for more than 200 countries, including categories such as land and climate, history, economy, education, health, and events and trends.
  • Latino American Experience
    This reference database explores the rich heritage and current culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Hispanic cultures in the United States with overview essays on a variety of topics and peer-reviewed essays about complex questions.
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Books & Videos

Books about languages will have call numbers that begin with P. This video will help you find books on the shelves that are organized by the Library of Congress classification system.


These databases help you find articles from newspapers, magazines, professional and trade publications, and scholarly journals.

  • Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences
    JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a digital archive of hundreds of academic journals and other scholarly content.
  • Google Scholar
    Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Literature & Language
    This subset of the ProQuest Research Library covers English, American literature, world Literatures and linguistics.
  • Fuente Academica
    This collection of scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain covers all major subject areas with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology. Articles in Spanish or Portugese.
  • MedicLatina
    This collection of medical research and investigatory journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers covers topics including including neuroscience, cardiology, nephrology, biomedicine, clinical research, pediatrics, human reproduction, clinical pathology, cancer research, and hematology. Articles in Spanish.
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Spanish Language News

Looking for news in Spanish?  Try these online newspapers:

  • La Raza Noroeste
    Spanish-language newspaper based in Washington state. Free online access plus access to back issues.
  • El Pais
    The American edition of Spain's highest-circulating daily newspaper.


Websites need to be evaluated to make sure that they are academically appropriate. Proceed with caution!


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