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Literatures in Spanish & Portuguese: Reference Materials and Guides

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

Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries

Diccionario de la lengua española (Real Academia Española).  Madrid : Real Academia Española, 1992.    Reference, Geisel Floor 2 West  PC4625 .A3 1992

Often referred to as the Diccionario de autoridades, this is considered the authoritative dictionary of the Spanish Royal Academy.

The Real Academia Española was founded in 1713 and modelled after the Italian Accademia della Crusca (1582) and the French Académie française (1635). The first edition of this authoritative peninsular Spanish dictionary that is found in WorldCat is from 1726. The 22nd edition was published in 2001.  The most recent edition at Geisel is the 1992 edition.

Corominas, Joan. Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico.  Madrid: Editorial Gredos, c1980-1991  Reference, Geisel Floor 2 West  PC4580 .C6 1980  v.1 -6

Provides etymology and illustrated passages to demonstrate the use of the word in written texts. 


Diccionario de uso del español de América y España Barcelona : Vox, 2002.    Reference, Geisel Floor 2 West  PC4625 .D48 2002

Serves a s a dictionary of synonyms and accepted grammatical usage, both in the Spain and the Americas. 

Online Guides to Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Languages and Literature

Iberian Language and Literature (WESSWeb) A selective guide to internet resources (most free) dealing with Spanish and Portuguese language and literature.  It is designed to provide access to scholarly resources in Iberian Studies (for Spain, Portugal and Andorra). Does  not strive for exhaustiveness but rather for quality. The resources organized here have undergone a selection and evaluation process. Annotations have been added where needed, augmenting the research value of these resources to scholars.

LANIC - Latin American Network Information Center - Literature  An edited guide to internet resources on Latin American literature.  Most of the sites are freely accessible.  Can be particularly helpful in identifying information about contemporary authors and literatary movements in Latin America.

Guides and Handbooks to Literature