Spanish & Portuguese; Spain & Latin America - Recommended academic resources: Finding Books

This guide is designed for beginning to advanced students looking for the best resources on Spanish and Portuguese; Spain and Latin America and related fields.

Browsing the Stacks

Call Number Ranges

Just want to browse the stacks for books about Spain, Portugal or Latin America?  Go to these call number ranges in the library. 

Look at the Stacks Map for directions.

Literature - Spanish & Portuguese 

      PQ 6001 - PQ 8929    Spanish

      PQ 9000 - PQ 9999    Portuguese


Linguistics & Philology - Languages

      PC 3801 - PC 3976    Catalan
      PC 4001 - PC 4977    Spanish
      PC 5001 - PC 5498    Portuguese

      PH 5001 - PH 5490    Basque

      PM 3001 - PM 4566    Languages--Mexico                                                 & Central America
      PM 5001 - PM 7356    Languages--South                                         America & the West Indies



      DP 1 - DP 402              History of Spain

      DP 501 - DP 900.22    History of Portugal

      F 1201 - F 3799            Latin America                                                  & Spanish America


Political Institutions and Public Administration

      JL 1200 - JL 1299         Mexico
      JL 1400 - JL 1679         Central America
      JL 1850 - JL 3899         South America

      JN 8101 - JN 8399        Spain

      JN 8423 - JN 8661        Portugal


Local government. Municipal government

      JS 2101 - JS 2143         Mexico
      JS 2145 - JS 2219         Central America
      JS 2300 - JS 2778         South America
      JS 3000 - JS 6949.89    Europe


Also search in the areas of geography, social science, political science, education, music and much more.  Some subjects may be located in other KU libraries.  The location of all materials is indicated on the catalog record.  Library materials and information resources related to science and government documents will be found in Anschutz Library, law resources are located in the Wheat Law Library, music in the Music & Dance Library, and art in the Murphy Art & Architecture Library. 

Books from Non-KU Libraries

Subject Headings

The Library of Congress Classification System (LC System) is used to organize books in many academic and university libraries throughout the United States and the world. Books on "Spanish literature", can be found under PQ.

The easiest way to find and use the Library of Congress Subject Headings is to start with a Keyword search in the library's online catalog.  Once  a useful resource is found, search the Subject Headings listed on the library record for that item by clicking on it.  Following the headings will lead to other related materials and even more subject headings to search.

The following are just a few examples of numerous subject headings that will help you find books on your topic. When searching the KU Libraries' online catalog, enter the appropriate subject heading in the "Search For" field and select "Search By: Subject Heading."

  • By country and period:
    • Spanish literature-- Classic period, 1500-1700
    • Mexican literature-- 19th century
    • Catalan literature-- History and criticism
  • By genre:
    • Spanish American poetry
    • Mexican fiction
    • Theater-- Brazil
    • Latin American essays
    • Picaresque literature
    • Drama
    • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • By movement:
    • Romanticism
    • Baroque
  • By individual author's name:
    • Pardo Bazán, Emilia
    • Cortazar, Julio
  • By individual literary work:
    • Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de 1547-1616. Don Quixote
  • Thematic:

    • Plots
    • Women and literature
    • Intertextuality
    • Costa Rica in literature
    • Satire
  • Background information:

    • Spain-- Social life and customs
    • Spain-- Intellectual life-- 18th century

Anschutz Library

Science materials, government documents, and maps can be found at Anschutz Library.