Subject Specialist
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Cary Gouldin
Humanities Liaison
Tel: (508) 286 3924

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Encyclopedias & Handbooks


  • Companion to Hispanic Studies
    Concise general overview of the major trends in Hispanic Studies scholarship, covering both Spain and the Americas.
  • Guide to Latin American Studies
    Covering all aspects of Latin American culture, history, social issues, and politics, this guide presents a concise overview of the major trends in scholarship about Latin America.
Literary and Cultural Studies 

Also check these more general/theoretical reference works: 

  • Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory
    Authoritative and accessible guide to modern ideas in the broad interdisciplinary fields of cultural and critical theory that have developed from interactions among different modern traditions of thought. Call Number: ​Ref. HM101 .D527 1996.
  • Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies
    Provides brief overviews of key concepts, theories, and writers in the field of Cultural Studies. 2004. 

History, Society, and Politics 

Additional Reference Sources

Additional overview information can be found in 

  • Credo Reference
    Digital library of over 700 cross-searchable reference books in a wide variety of disciplines. A great starting point for your research that also leads you right to the library catalog and other databases.
  • Wikipedia
    Collaboratively built general-purpose encyclopedia, unmatched in its breadth (the English-language version alone now boasts well over 3 million articles), but potentially not always representing the most reliable or state-of-the-art points of view. Available in a multitude of languages (including all taught at Wheaton). Also a great resource for visual sources. 
Collins Spanish Dictionary Restricted Resource
Comprehensive Spanish-English dictionary with over 100,000 entries.

Oxford Spanish Dictionary Ref. PC4640 .O94 2003 Restricted Resource
Extensive Spanish-English dictionary with over 300,000 entries in both European and Latin American Spanish. 

Real Academica Española (RAE) Unrestricted Resource
Website of the Royal Spanish Academy, the official regulatory body defining proper words and grammar in the (European) Spanish language. The site provides access to online editions of several of the academy's dictionaries and grammars.

Foreign Language Business Dictionaries Restricted Resource Some full text available

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From Peter Collin Publishing, these dictionaries provide specialized business vocabulary in French, German, and Spanish.