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Spanish Studies and Language


This subject guide highlights some key discipline resources to get you started with study and research. 


Encyclopedias and handbooks relevant to Spanish Studies:


Language resources

Below are some dictionaries and grammar works to get you started. For further resources, also check the following subject headings in the Library catalogue:

Tip: sort by date to get the latest publications first.


Oxford Dictionaries. Spanish (electronic) 

Oxford Dictionaries is an extensive, integrated, smart-linked one-stop English language resource. The Library has access to the Unabridged Spanish / English bilingual dictionary, and the Spanish monolingual dictionary.

Grammar and workbooks:



To find books on a particular subject, do a keyword search in the Library Catalogue. Alternatively you can search by title, author, etc.
You can also find books on similar topics through the subject headings in item records. Click on these headings to find related subjects and titles. 

Screenshot of how to use subject headings in the library catalogue

Looking for a book we don't have or is not on our shelves?


Inter-Library Loans

University of Melbourne staff and students can request resources through the Library’s Inter-Library Loans service. For more information visit the ILL web page, or you can access the request forms.


Logo of CAVAL

A CAVAL card allows you to borrow from other universities and TAFEs. Visit the CAVAL website to find out how to sign up for a CAVAL card.

You can then use the Trove website to see which library has the book you want.

Databases and journals

Spanish studies and language-specific databases:
For more focused results try searching in one of these subject-specific databases.

Google Académico

Core Arts and Humanities databases

The databases below are multidisciplinary so you can expect lots of results from different subject areas.

Research methods

Many disciplines rely on research methods to guide the process of conducting primary research. 

To find methods for your discipline, do a keyword search in the Library Catalogue and add your discipline, e.g. (Spain OR Spanish) AND "research method*".

To get started, try some of the resources below:


You can find relevant information and resources for your research on the websites of professional organisations and bodies, institutes, NGOs, government departments, etc.

This guide gives a few suggestions to get you started and to give you an idea what to look for. It is by no means comprehensive. If you are a coursework student, check your LMS to see if your lecturer has provided website recommendations.

Tip: if you want to limit your Google search results to organisational, governmental, or educational websites, use Google's advanced search option to limit the site or domains to .org, .gov, .edu

Some website suggestions to get you started:




TV and streaming media

Television databases
Streaming media

Referencing and citing

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