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Subject guides: Spanish

Spanish section

Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:

Printed collections

The principal collection for Spanish and Latin American Studies is located in the north end of the Main Library (Wilkins Building.) See separate pages for maps and opening hours.

To locate books, remember to use Explore, the library catalogue. Explore will give details of the library site and collection in which the book can be found.

Book collections

The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves (called Garside classification). The Classmark for a book generally consists of a subject (indicating a collection within the library) followed by letters and numbers; e.g. SPANISH A 45 for a work about Spanish cultural history or SPANISH M 235 for a work by Pardo Bazán.

Click here for instructions on how to find a book.

An outline of the classification system for Spanish, Latin American Studies and Catalan is available here.

Some of the other sections of UCL's Libraries you are likely to need are:

HISTORY (Main Library, upper level): extensive coverage of Spanish social, political and economic history.

LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (Main Library, upper level): extensive coverage of Latin American social, political and economic history.

LITERATURE (Main Library, north end): includes generic literary and translation theory, and a small collection of Spanish and Latin American literature translated into English.

PHONETICS & LINGUISTICS (Main Library, south end): books and periodicals supporting the theory and practice of language study.

ART (Main Library, South, 1st floor): includes Film Studies.

ANTHROPOLOGY (2nd Floor, Science Library, DMS Watson Building): material relating to Spanish and Latin American cultural studies.

Older or lesser-used material marked on Explore with the word STORE should be requested online via the Explore or by using the Store Request form. Click here for more information about Stores.

Periodicals (also called journals)

Periodicals for Spanish and Latin American Studies are part of the ROMANCE PERIODICALS collection, housed in the North Corridor of the Main Library. This collection also incorporates French and Italian periodicals. Periodicals are usually available for loan, although sometimes overnight only.

The HUMANITIES PERIODICALS, a collection of mainly interdisciplinary periodicals in Arts and Humanities subjects, are shelved in the Main Library, 2nd Floor.

Click here for instructions on how to find printed and electronic journals and journal articles For electronic journals, see below.

Films are shelved at the Issue Desk and can be taken home or watched in the viewing room off the Main Library Reference Room. Headsets and remote controls can be borrowed from the Issue Desk. To find a film on the catalogue, use the "audiovisual" option from the home screen; type your search term - ALMODÓVAR or VOLVER, plus the word DVD or VIDEO if you want to specify the format.

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Electronic collections

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: you will usually need your user id/password for computing services in order to gain access to them


Material in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL via Metalib, where you can find online databases for Spanish and Latin American Studies grouped together. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password.

For for more help in how to use online resources visit the Electronic Resources or Databases library pages.

Electronic journals

A range of electronic versions of journals is available through our e-journals website.

Be aware that most electronic holdings of journals do not go back more than a few years. However, older electronic versions of selected journals can be accessed via JSTOR, an electronic archive of journals from their start date, but excluding recent issues, e.g. Hispania 1917-2001. JSTOR can be searched by subject subset, e.g. Language & Literature, or Latin American Studies.

Links to some online Spanish newspapers and magazines are given here.

JURN is a search-engine dedicated to indexing free ‘open access’ ejournals in the arts and humanities.

Exam papers

There is now some limited electronic access to UCL exams papers for Spanish and Latin American Studies from 2000 onwards. Click here to access them.

Other Web resources

Internet resources of academic quality can be accessed using subject gateways or directories. These gateways are often complied by subject specialists and can therefore provide a quick and reliable way of finding material of academic quality on the Web.

General humanities gateways include:

Gateways specific to Spanish and Latin American Studies include:

The Film Studies Subject Resources guide has links to other Web resources you may find useful.

The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies Web page has useful links to Spanish language newspapers and other resources.

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Other libraries

Senate House Library, has a strong collection in languages including Spanish and Latin American and Spanish studies resources, any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there. The Institute of Latin American Studies is a specialist library, which admits UCL academic staff and postgraduate students for reference use. Undergraduate students are admitted only by presenting an access request letter from a member of UCL academic staff.

Reference access to other University of London libraries is available for all UCL registered students.

The Instituto Cervantes has an excellente library and membership is open to UCL students.The Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council collection is now housed at the Maugham Library - King's College.

There are several online catalogues to help you locate material not held by UCL, including:

  • COPAC: an online catalogue with records of the holdings of 26 of the top research libraries in the country. You can obtain books and articles found on COPAC via inter-library loan, at a charge of £3 per item.
  • The Union List of Serials: a catalogue of periodicals holdings in University of London libraries and a few others.

Click here for more information about the use of other libraries.

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Contact details

If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for Spanish and Latin American Studies:

Giulia Garoli
E-mail g.garoli@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: internal: 32595; external: 020 7679 2595

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Last modified 23 August 2013

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