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Research Guide for SPAN 465


This guide is intended to help you research topics in Spanish literature.

At the top of the Research Guide, navigate through the tabs to locate the specific type of resources you need including reference encyclopedias and dictionaries, books, journals and research databases, and web resources.

Develop a research plan

Consider a text or an image (or two) that is interesting to you.
Ask yourself the questions below to focus your research question.

Examples of Research Strategies:

Art History Writing Guide from Swarthmore
Writing Literary Arguments from Gale

What are the key concepts of your research question? 

Can you broaden or narrow your focus?  Consider one or more of the following:

  • time period

  • place

  • specific event   

  • specific people

Does your question overlap other subject disciplines such as sociology, political science, or history?

Think of 2- 3 questions that you will need to explore.

  • Think about the history of your question, and its disciplines or categories.

  • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Think about the following aspects relating to your research question:

  • What do you already know about your question or issue?

  • What do you need to learn to better understand your question or issue?

  • What kinds of information resources might provide the answer to these questions?

    Consider your audience.

    • Who will read your paper?

    • Why will it be of interest to them?

    • What will be new to them?

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