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FLAS 304: Advanced Oral Production & Composition

This guide will help with research for many of the course assignments,


To search the library collection for books about an author's life, do a keyword search on the author's name and the word biography or a key term. For example:

  • Isabel Allende biography
  • Gabriel Garcia Márquez AND magical realism
  • Julia Alvarez AND identity

The following databases are helpful when looking for biographical information:

When searching for books or articles concerning literary history, movements or philosophies, try these search phrases:

"literary history" - Add this phrase to a search on a topic or place.  For example: Spanish literary history

"history and criticism" - Add this phrase to a search on a particular type of literature.  For example: magical realism history and criticism

These databases are good bets when looking for historical information: 

Looking for Biographical Sources