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Literatures in Spanish & Portuguese: Home

An introductory guide to doing research in Spanish and Portuguese language, literature, and cultural studies.

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In order to access the Library's electronic resources from an off-campus computer, you need to set up Virtual Private Network (VPN) access.

To get immediate help, use the Library’s Ask-Us-Now page which has recently been redesigned in light of the critical need for online and timely information.

Additional tips for optimal connectivity:

1. Please make sure you have downloaded the VPN client and have it set for 2-Step Secured allthruUCSD.  See the necessary directions/links here.  To make sure you have properly set up your VPN, test it here.  If possible, make sure you also set up Duo Two-Step Login (instructions and help here).

2. Please make sure you are using the best browser for your particular computer.  Unless you are using an actual PC, you probably need to use the most native browser to that system -- such as Safari for Apple, Microsoft Edge for a Surface Pro, and Chrome for a Chromebook. 



I am very happy to try to acquire print or e-versions of desired materials, including high-use materials assigned in classes.  IF YOU KNOW OF TITLES YOU WANT – ESPECIALLY EBOOKS TO INCREASE ACCESS RIGHT NOW -- please email me directly!  Likewise, our Film Librarian is very busy working to acquire online (streamable) versions of films.  If you need these materials for course use, please submit through Course Reserves.

For less urgent requests -- or to ensure that I will receive 2 messages about the item, use the Recommend a Purchase Form.


General Library Info

Off Campus Access to Library Resources


This research guide is intended for all levels of research into the languages and literatures of Spain and Portugal on the Iberian peninsula and in regions colonized and settled by Spanish and Portuguese peoples.  In addition to instructions in Spanish and Portuguese Langauges and Literatures  UC San Diego collaborates with San Diego State University to offer courses in major indigenous languages of the Americas, including Aymara, Zapotec, and Mixtec.  UCSD offers various courses in Mayan language and culture.

Mango Languages, offered via the UCSD LInguistics Department's Language Lab is also a great online resource (Scroll down on the page to find the link).

Map showing the historical retreat of Arabic and Galician (Galician-Portuguese) languages and the rise of Castillian in relationship to their linguistic neighbours between the year 1000 and 2000.

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