SPAN 303: Third-Year Spanish: Find Articles
Before Searching for Spanish Language Articles...
Locating library materials in other languages can be complicated. While many online resources seem to allow searching in different languages, there are some drawbacks when trying to find non-English materials.
Core Online Resources
Searching for Non-English Articles
With the notable exception of JSTOR, most databases are searchable only in English. To locate items in other languages, try
• Typing your search terms in the language of interest and see if you find citations.
• Limiting your results to a particular language in a search field:
or as a limit option:
• Searching in English and limit to country of publication:
- If you want to include articles or prepositions in your search, remember to use the double quote marks with the search term:
- Example: “del sol”
- Diacritics may or may not be detected in your search. To be safe, type the search word without the diacritic:
- Example: “El Niño”— type as “El Nino”
- Some databases search the full-text of an article (e.g., JSTOR) while others only search the abstract. Keep this in mind when typing in your search since the article may be in Spanish, but the abstract will probably only be in English:
- If all else fails, read the "Help" pages for your online resource. They oftentimes list the process or options needed to find vernacular materials.
Get Full Text with Find It @ PSU
If the article citation does not include links to the full text, click on the Find it @ PSU button to check availability. Find it @ PSU is the link to the full text (online or print), that leads to the full text will appear under View Online. If it is not available, there will be an option to request the article from Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.
Journal Title Search
If you have an article citation...
You can use an article citation to get the full text.
Ex.: Baron, R. M., & Kenny, D. A. (1986). The moderator–mediator variable distinction in social psychological research: Conceptual, strategic, and statistical considerations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51(6), 1173-1182
Search the PSU Library using the article title as your search:
Enter the article title in Google Scholar, then click on Find it @ PSU:
Both methods provide links to the full text article, using the link under online access:
Peer-Reviewed, Popular…or in Between?
Questions to Ask when Evaluating Articles
|Scholarly, Peer-reviewed, Professional Journals||Popular Magazines|
|Examples||Harvard Business Review; American Journal of Sociology; Modern Language Notes||
Newsweek; Sports Illustrated; People; National Geographic; Wired
|What is “the look”?||Somber, serious with graphs and tables. Few, if any, pictures.||Attractive, slick with lots of pictures and advertisements.|
|Who is the audience?||Other professionals in the field or discipline. Language is scholarly and subject specific.||General audience. Language relative to the topic. Articles can be short and lacking depth.|
|What is the purpose?||To report original research or experimentation or persuade based on research.||
To entertain, to sell, or to promote a viewpoint.
|Who wrote the article?||A scholar or researcher often with an institutional or academic affiliation.||
Freelance writers, magazine staff or a well-known person not necessarily an expert in the field.
|How carefully is it documented?||Always has references, footnotes and/or a bibliography. Follows a style like APA or MLA.||Rarely cites sources or makes broad references to sources.|