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Spanish Language & Literature: Find Books


Types of Books you may encounter: 

Anthology - A  published collection of articles or writing.

Scholarly Books - Sometimes called 'Monographs', these books are written by scholars and experts in Spanish intended for other specialists in the field. Scholarly books are typically published by a university press or other scholarly publishing house. 

Primary Sources - Though many books are secondary sources, some books can be considered primary sources.

Some examples of primary source books in Spanish include: 

Original Literature (sometimes called seminal texts such as Plato's Republic) - Secondary sources can also be seminal sources. Seminal just means “universally recognized as something everyone should read.


Reproduction of Diaries, essays, and other personal manuscripts.

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Searching for Library Sources

To look for books, use the library catalog (see above) to type in searches. Our search catalog works best with "subject terms" or keyword terms that are tagged to each book in the library. Below are some examples of subject headings related to Spanish literature: 

  •  Authors, Latin American
  • Latin American fiction
  • Latin American literature
  • Spanish American literature
  • Spanish Drama--19th century
  • Spanish Fiction
  • Spanish language materials
  • Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Poetry

Other acceptable subject headings include: Author(s), literary movements, etc. 

If you feel more comfortable browsing the book stacks, below are useful call numbers for reference: 


Useful Call Numbers

  • DP History of Spain 
  • F1201-cont. Latin America, Spanish America 
  • PC 4001-4977 Spanish Language
  • PC 3801-3976 Catalan Language
  • PH 5001-5490 Basque Language
  • PQ6001-8929 Spanish literature
  • PQ6001-6168 History and criticism
  • PQ6001-6056 General
  • PQ6056 Moorish-Spanish literature
  • PQ6058-6060 Early to 1500
  • PQ6061-6073 Modern
  • PQ6075-6098 Poetry
  • PQ6098.7-6129 Drama
  • PQ6131-6153Prose
  • PQ6155-6167 Folk literature
  • PQ6168 Juvenile literature (General)
  • PQ6170-6174.9 General
  • PQ6174.95-6215 Poetry
  • PQ6217-6241 Drama
  • PQ6247-6264 Prose
  • PQ6265-6269 Translations
  • PQ6271-6498 Individual authors and works to 1700
  • PQ6500-6576 Individual authors, 1700-ca. 1868
  • PQ6600-6647 Individual authors, 1868-1960
  • PQ6650-6676 Individual authors, 1961-2000
  • PQ6700-6726 Individual authors, 2001-
  • PQ7000-8929 Provincial, local, colonial,etc.


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