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SPA476: Of Murderers and Outcasts


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If you find a physical item in the collection that you would like to use be sure to note:

  • the availability: if it is checked out try EZ Borrow or Interlibrary Loan
  • the Library: is it in Shad or Martin?
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If you locate the perfect article, but we do not license the content, use the link provided to request the article via ILL.

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  • Think about various different terms that are or could be used to describe your topic, including synonyms. 
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    • "spanish literature" AND murder

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    • "feminist theory" NOT economy 
    • "spanish literature" AND (murderer OR murder) 


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    • "spanish literature" AND wom?n

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    • Homicide Fiction 
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Suggested Keywords for Searching

  • title of work 
  • author name 
  • murder*
  • outcast OR outcasts
  • "spanish literature"
  • Spain
  • "short story"