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Searching for articles in databases can be a little counter-intuitive, but you can make sure you get good results by following these tips:
Brainstorm a list of terms related to your topic before you start searching. Try to keep your terms concise, and don't be afraid to include a lot of synonyms and related terms
Connect two or three terms when you perform a search
Try many different searches
Look for the "controlled vocabulary" that the database uses to categorize articles. In most databases, articles will have a list of clickable subject terms. Try incorporating these terms in your searches.
Remember that if you find the perfect article but there's no full text, you can always use interlibrary loan!
Finding Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Peer-reviewed journal articles are:
Written by scholars with the highest degree in their field (usually a PhD)
Reviewed and critiqued by other scholars before they are approved for publication
Published in academic journals
Long! (10-20 pages)
Great resources for finding additional books and articles on the subject (check the reference list at the end)
You can find peer-reviewed journal articles about Spanish language and literature through the Carmichael Library databases. Remember that if an article isn't available in print or electronic full-text, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles, Academic Search Premier also contains newspaper and magazine articles. To find articles in Spanish, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Spanish" in the "Languages" box.
Perform a search for any subject in the WorldCat Local Catalog, then find "Languages" in the "Format" column on the left and select Spanish. You can also use the Format column to choose articles, books, or another type of resource.