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SPAN 304: Poetics of Nature and the Non-Human in Latin America: Getting Started

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SPAN 304: The Poetics of Nature and the Non-Human in Latin America

Frida Kahlo Little Deer

Kahlo, Frida. Little Deer. 1946. Image via ArtStor

Getting Started With Subject Encyclopedias

Subject encyclopedias, handbooks and overviews are scholarly, tertiary works written by experts on a variety of topics. The articles are typically longer and more detailed than those found in general encyclopedias. The background information provides a good starting point as you begin the research process. These resources can help you with:

  • Understanding the scope of a topic
  • Suggesting ideas for narrowing a topic
  • Identifying key concepts, terms, dates and names
  • Listing subject areas related to a topic
  • Recommending sources for further exploration

In Collins Library, the print reference collection is located on the first floor, and most of the online reference collection is available in one of the databases listed below.  Use Collins Library Primo Search to identify subject encyclopedias in either format; or ask a librarian for recommendations.

Online Reference Collections

Featured Subject Encyclopedias for Latin American Literature & Culture

Featured Subject Encyclopedias for Philosophy and the Environment

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Exploring Tertiary Sources

Follow these steps in your group as you investigate a selection of subject encyclopedias:

1. Come up with a list of narrower, broader, and related terms to describe your topic.

2. Each group member should search one of the collections listed to identify subject encyclopedia entries that potentially could be useful.

3. Identify the various disciplines (academic fields) that investigate this topic.  

4. Working together, create a mind map of disciplinary approaches to your topic.  Which ones seem most likely to help you interpret a literary text?