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For Reference

CREDO REFERENCE - a collection of online encyclopedias

Companion to Spanish Cinema


Periodical Databases

ProQuest Screen Studies Collection


MLA - for critical interpretations of fiction and poetry, especially

IIPA - for performing arts

Hispanic American Periodicals Index 

ProQuest Newsstand (International papers)

Colby Hispanic Media Resources











Other Library Guides

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1-Minute Videos on Using Library Resources



Steps for Essay Prep

  • Read your prompt carefully, and consider carefully what original thesis you will present in response.
  • Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in, along with what course texts might appropriately be referenced.
  • Look up background information in the reference sources at left
  • Use terminology and context learned from background sources to search for more peer-reviewed articles in recommended journals and periodical databases (see below). 
  • Search for books (memoirs, collections of letters, biographies, diaries, special histories)  in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking
  • Search for films and media in Colby's catalog and in the Colby Hispanic Media Resources database.


  • Ask your librarian!  Karen Gillum           

                                                                               Laine Thielstrom, librarian for Cinema Studies, is also happy to help you -

Find Books and Media

  • CBBcat - The Library Catalog of Colby, Bates & Bowdoin
    Search for books, CDs, videos and more.
  • NExpress
    Borrow from several other academic libraries in New England.
  • WorldCat
    Search for books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Order through ILLiad.   [[Signing up for ILLiad.]]

Searching Tips:

  • Use quotes to glue a phrase together. E.g., "Spanish Civil War"
  • Use an asterisk as a wild card to cover word variations. E.g., Latin* (for Latino, Latina, Latinas)
  • Broaden your search by using OR with parentheses. E.g., (army OR military). Results can contain either term.
  • Narrow your search by using AND. E.g., Franco AND film. Results must contain both terms.
  • Find one good item? Click on a record's Subject Headings to find similar material.
  • Expand your reach, sign up for ILLiad, our Interlibrary loan service.
  • Order directly from within WorldCat by clicking on Request through ILLiad@Colby.


CBBcat Subject Headings

Click on these links to find similar items. CBBcat uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. Unfortunately, these headings sometimes use outdated terminology, but once identified they can often provide much more precise search results than using keywords. Examples of LOC Subject Headings:

  • Almodóvar, Pedro - Criticism and interpretation
  • Spain - History - Civil War, 1936-1939
  • Spain - History - Civil War, 1936-1939 - Social aspects
  • Spain - History - Civil War, 1936-1939 - Drama
  • Spain - History - Civil War, 1936-1939 - Personal narratives
  • Motion pictures, Spanish - History
  • Motion pictures, Spanish - History and criticism

    Primary Sources

    Documentary Films: Spanish Civil War

    Online Audio: Songs of the Spanish Civil War



                                Books --  Motion Picture producers and directors - Spain - Interviews


                                      Charlie Rose interview with Pedro Almodóvar

                                      Castilla-La Mancha Entrevista a Pedro Almodóvar  

                                       eam cinema magazine entrevista a Agustí Villaronga

                                       El Blog de Cine Español, entrevista a Ramón Salazar

                                                                         Look for more, using Spanish vocabulary                                              



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