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We offer tips for searching for eBooks in UW Libraries Search. We also have some eBook collections devoted to Spanish-language literature:

Latin American Women Writers

Latin American Women Writers

A e-book collection of literary works, along with memoirs and essays, in their original language, by Latin American women from the 17th century to the present.

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Search Tips for Finding Books

    Keyword - broadest type of search.  Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic.  For example: juan rulfo el llano en llamas. On the results screen choose the Resource Type Print Books and/or eBooks from the left toolbar. This will eliminate any articles that were found.

    Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations.  For example: "el llano en llamas". On the results screen choose the Resource Type Print Books and/or eBooks from the left toolbar. This will eliminate any book reviews that were found.

    Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations.  For example: "juan rulfo". On the results screen choose the Resource Type Print Books and/or eBooks from the left toolbar. This will eliminate any book reviews and articles that were found.

Note down the library name and call number -- you need this information to locate the book.

Browsing the Stacks

We have so many books in our collections that it is hard to browse.  We recommend doing a quick keyword or author search online, finding a few call numbers to start with, and then browsing that area.

Spanish Studies subjects, along with their Library of Congress classifications (More detailed Library of Congress call numbers for browsing are on the LOC Classification Outline):

DP and F Call Numbers - History

(DPs are on Suzzallo 4th, F on Suzzallo 3rd)

  • DP1-402 History of Spain
  • F1201-3799 Latin America
  • F1421-1440 Central America
  • F2201-3799 South America

PC4001-4977 Spanish language (study and teaching, grammar, etc.) - Suzzallo 2d floor

PQ6001-8929 Spanish literature (Suzzallo 2nd floor)

  • PQ6001-6168 Spanish literary history and criticism
  • PQ6001-6056 General
  • PQ6056 Moorish-Spanish literature
  • PQ6058-6060 Early to 1500
  • PQ(6061)-6073 Modern
  • PQ6075-6098 Poetry
  • PQ6098.7-6129 Drama
  • PQ6131-6153 Prose
  • PQ(6155)-(6167) Folk literature
  • PQ6168 Juvenile literature (General)
  • PQ6170-6269 Collections
  • PQ6170-6174.9 General
  • PQ6174.95-6215 Poetry
  • PQ6217-(6241) Drama
  • PQ6247-6264 Prose
  • PQ(6265)-6269 Translations
  • PQ6650-6676 1961-2000 Individual authors
  • PQ6700-6726 2001-present Individual authors

Finding Dissertations & Theses

Just Want a Good Book to Read?

Spanish: Use our Discovering Literature guide or find recommendations on Goodreads and then search UW Libraries.

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What is a Call Number?

  • It's like an address.
  • It determines the book location (or other item) on the shelf.
  • It represents what an item is about based on a classification system.

On an actual item, the number will usually appear on a label like this:


HV --The first part of the call number is alphabetic. This part indicates the subject's classification of the book. To find it, locate the H section, and then the part within it labelled HV. For example, HV would come before HX and after HT.

9950 --The second part is numeric and should be read as a whole number. The numbers may or may not have decimal points; but when they do, treat them as such. For example, HV9950 comes before HV9950.23 and HV9942 comes before HV9950.

.A437 --This part has to be read in two ways; first alphabetically, then numerically. This time the number should be read as a decimal!

  • HV9950.A would be located before HV9950.B, for example.
  • HV9950.A437 would be somewhere between HV9950.A321 and HV9950.A56.

Some call numbers have yet a third alpha-numeric line. Read the number as a decimal.

2012--This number indicates the year; generally the year of publication for that particular volume.