Spanish Language and Literature

Palacio Nacional in Madrid
Photo: Jose Maria Cuellar, via Flickr (CC license)

Article Indexes

Journal articles are not listed in QCAT. Use an index to find magazine and journal articles. Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade.

For access to full-text electronic journal articles, check Electronic Journals and search by journal title or subject.

Tip: Remember to search journal title and not article title in QCAT

Key Indexes

  You are connecting from off-campus. You will be prompted to enter your NetID and password before connecting to a Queen's-only database.
Publication coverage: 1925 - present
Modern Languages Association International Bibliography
Most comprehensive index to articles, essays, book chapters, books, and dissertations.
Interdisciplinary. Examines all aspects of Hispanic Studies.

Other Useful Indexes

  You are connecting from off-campus. You will be prompted to enter your NetID and password before connecting to a Queen's-only database.
Collection of approximately 65 scholarly journals primarily in humanities and social sciences. NOTE: Queen's Library does not subscribe to the cultural package.
Publication coverage: Varies by publication.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (5 user limit)
Factiva has many fulltext sources (newspapers, journals) in various languages. To see what is listed in this database, select Source, Browse Sources, and Publications - by language.
Publication coverage: 1892 - present (some primary texts date from 600 AD)
Access restricted to the Queen's community (4 user limit)
Searchable database of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose. Also indexes criticism from The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), includes the full text of 104 specialist literature journals, and more...


To find books in our collection, search QCAT by author, title, subject headings, or keyword.

To find books by a particular author/person, search QCAT by author:
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
Martin Gaite, Carmen
To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616
García Lorca, Federico
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic:
Spain and film
"Spanish literature" and medieval
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.
Spain - History
Spain - Intellectual life
Spain - Social life and customs
Spanish drama
Spanish literature - To 1500
Spanish literature - Classical period 1500 - 1700
Spanish literature - 18th (or 19th or 20th) century
Spanish literature - History and criticism
Literature and society - Spain
Nationalism in literature
Authors, Spanish

These are just some examples. It is always a good idea to look at all the subject headings ("Subject(s)") in QCAT in the full record of books that are relevant to your topic. Often books will be catalogued with a number of subject headings under which you can search for related resources.


Collins Spanish dictionary (8th edition)
REF PC4640 .C595 2005

Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary (English-Spanish)

Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary (Spanish-English)

Diccionario de la lengua española
REF PC4625 .D4782 2006
(Cristina González, ed.)

Diccionario de la Lengua Española
Online REF PC4625 .A3 2001

Vigésima segunda edición. By the Real Academia Española.

Diccionario del Quijote : la obra para entender uno de los libros esenciales de la cultura universal
PQ6322.A7 V53 2005

Diccionario Espasa literatura española
REF PQ6051 .B74 2003

Multicultural Spanish Dictionary
REF PC4640.M26 1999

How everyday Spanish differs from country to country.

Oxford Business Spanish Dictionary (English-Spanish; Spanish-English)

Termium Plus

The University of Chicago Spanish dictionary : Spanish-English, English-Spanish (5th edition)
REF PC4640 .U5 2002


The Cervantes Encyclopedia
REF PQ6337.A2 2004

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture
REF DP233.5.E63 1999

Alphabetically arranged entries on cultural and political developments within Spain, including the cultures of Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque country. Coverage spans from the end of the Civil War in 1939 to the present day, with emphasis on the changes made since the demise of the Franco dictatorship in 1975. Entries range from shorter, factual articles to longer overview essays, which offer an in-depth treatment of major issues.

Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature
REF PN669.E53 2000

Gran Enciclopedia Cervantina
Ref PQ6337.G685 2005 (continuing)

Medieval Iberia: an Encyclopedia
REF DP99 .M33 2003

Iberian Peninsula=Spain and Portugal
Covers years AD 470 - 1500
800 ready-reference entries with bibliographies

Handbooks, Guides and Catalogues

Handbooks & Guides

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture
DP48.C233 1999

A comprehensive account of Spanish politics, literature, and culture from 1868 to the present day.

Guía del espanõl actual : diccionario breve de dudas y dificultades
PC4460 .S39 1999

Abridged version of: Diccionario de dudas y dificultades de la lengua española (1998).

Guide to Reference Works for the Study of the Spanish Language and Literature and Spanish American Literature
REF Z2695.A2W66 1997

HLAS (Handbook of Latin American Studies) Online

HLAS is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Continuously published since 1936, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

Comprehensive survey of ideas and scholars from Plato to modern times, including developments in other disciplines that have shaped literary theory and criticism. International in scope, but emphasis is on Western critical theory.

The Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature
REF PQ6006.O95

The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation
REF PR131.094 2000

A Sourcebook for Hispanic Literature and Language
REF Z2695.A5 B55 1974


Biblioteca Nacional de España

Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte : Spanish National Bibliography

Biblioteca Nacional de México

La Biblioteca Nacional de México es la principal institución bibliográfica patrimonial del país, siendo la sección más valiosa de su acervo la que constituye el Fondo Reservado, que custodia manuscritos, incunables, impresos mexicanos, impresos europeos, archivos históricos y obras editadas por notables impresores mexicanos.

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes

El Catálogo general ofrece a los usuarios el acceso a los contenidos registrados de la Biblioteca desde listados alfabéticos de autores y títulos, así como relaciones de materias (CDU). Permite la localización de fondos por medio de un formulario de búsqueda avanzada, y presenta enlaces a obras disponibles en la Red en otras bibliotecas virtuales (en catalán, gallego, inglés, francés, italiano, portugués y alemán).

Center for Research Libraries (CRL catalog)

Queen's patrons are able to borrow CRL resources through Interlibrary Loan. CRL materials are described as "...a rich and diverse corpus of almost four million rarely-held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and other primary source materials from all regions of the globe". More Information.


Consult bibliographies to find a comprehensive list of sources on a specific topic or a selective list of key works on a topic. Some bibliographies are located in the reference collection, some are in the library stacks.
To find out what bibliographies the Library has, do a subject search in QCAT.

Spain (World Bibliography Series)
REF Z2681.S54 1994t

Categorized bibliography. See e.g. Literature and Theatre sections.
Annotated, with author, title and subject indexes.

Spanish Dramatists of the Golden Age: a Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook
PQ6051.S63 1998

Spanish Literature, 1500-1700: a Bibliography of Golden Age Studies in Spanish and English, 1925-1980
Z2692.M67 1984

Spanish Women Writers: a Bio-bibliographical Source Book
REF PQ6055.S63 1993

Women Writers of Spain: an Annotated Bio-bibliographical Guide
REF Z2693.5.W6W65 1986

The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies
REF PB6.M68 from 1930-

A critical bibliography with sections on language and literature, supported by a name index and subject index.

E-Texts and Digital Collections

The Cervantes Project

Contains the Cervantes International Bibliography online, several electronic editions of Cervantes's complete works, digital image archive, PDF project publications, and links.

From Spain to Cuba: Federico Garíca Lorca Papers

The Federico García Lorca Papers are comprised of letters from Spanish poet Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) to Cuban diplomat and writer José María Chacón y Calvo (1892-1969) and photographs of García Lorca’s visit to Cuba in 1930 and in Spain.

Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama and Fiction

Latino Literature contains approximately 380 plays and 67,500 pages of prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latin writers working in the United States.

Libros Electronicos

Biblioteca pública de Valladolid. A selection of full-text Spanish Literature.

Spanish Language Resources

(University of Virginia): The Electronic Text Center's collection of online Spanish-language texts.

Teatro Español del Siglo de Oro

Most important plays from Golden Age of Spain.


Refiguring Spain: Cinema, Media, Representation
PN1993.5.S7 R35 1997

Guide to the Cinema of Spain
REF PN1993.5.S7D68 1997

Survey of Spanish film from its beginnings to present times. Concise alphabetical entries grouped under Films, Directors, and Actors and Actresses. Most entries have a short bibliography, and a more general bibliography is appended to the end of the book. Cross referenced and indexed.

Film Index International
Online past 70 years

Film Index International covers films from all countries and in all languages and spans a period of more than 60 years of films from the introduction of sound in 1930. It has information on more than 90,000 films and includes references to journal articles on both films and personalities as well as information on the Academy Awards, the British Academy Awards and other prizes and awards.

Latin American and Spanish Videos Freely Available on the Internet: A Guide to Web Resources

Created by Jesús Alonso-Regalado, Librarian for Latin American/Hispanic Studies and the University at Albany, State University of New York.


Art, Museums, and more

Center for the Liberal Arts

University of Virginia

Hispanic Art Links

Contains artists, museums, galleries and online collections of Hispanic Art


A selection of Spanish and other language dictionaries

Literature and e-texts

Biblioteca Virtual: Miguel D. Cervantes: La Biblioteca de las Culturas Hispánicas

Hundreds of links to Spanish literary sites, libraries, texts, and digital projects. Organized in categories.

The Cervantes Project

Contains the Cervantes International Bibliography online, several electronic editions of Cervantes's complete works, digital image archive, PDF project publications, and links.


Portal de la literatura cubana. Cubaliteraria es la ventana oficial de la Feria Internacional del Libro de la Habana.


Latin American Network Information Center: Literature by country

Voice of the Shuttle

Excellent Web links to the humanities, providing "a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences". Well organized, with the Literatures (Other Than English) section including sections on both Spanish & Portuguese and Italian.

Libros Electronicos

Biblioteca pública de Valladolid. A selection of full-text Spanish Literature.

Spanish Language Resources

(University of Virginia): The Electronic Text Center's collection of online Spanish-language texts

Style Guides and Grammar Resources

Cómo acentuar en español

Spanish style guide

Spanish Grammar Tutorial

Free online tutorials

Associations and Scholarly Societies

Academia Mexicana de la Lengua

Academy of Mexican Letters

Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas

The association publishes the Revista canadiense de estudios hispanicos

WESS Web (Western European Studies Section)

From the Association of College and Research Libraries. Award-winning site, navigated by national literatures and area studies, resources on contemporary Europe, library resources, text collections and book reviews.

See in particular section on Iberian Studies (Spain and Portugal).



A theses or dissertation is an extended body of research produced by students for a higher degree such as a Masters of PhD or an extended essay undertaken as part of an undergraduate program of study.

This guide includes information about how to locate print and electronic theses or dissertations produced by students at Queen’s as well as those produced by students at other institutions, both in Canada and overseas. 


To find theses and dissertations produced at Queen's, search the following:


Open Access Repositories

Search for full text of open access dissertations and theses by searching the following sites:

United States


TIP: The Library sometimes can have a copy of a dissertation from another university--either purchased by the Library, or purchased by an individual student or faculty member and later donated to the library collection so always check QCAT.