SPA 340 — Spring 2012 - Español práctico para intérpretes y traductores
LIB SOUTH 2037O
Start your research by going to the library home page.
- Dropdown Menus - Links to all our major web pages in one convenient place.
- Tabbed Search Box - Easy one-stop access to search books, articles, and more.
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- Main Section - All the resources you need to perform your research.
Checking out books: You can see what books are available in the Torofind Library Catalog. Once you have found the books you want, bring them to the Circulation Counter on the second floor of Library North to check them out. You will need a valid student ID card or a notification from Admissions & Records to check out books.
If the library does not have a book you need, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan!
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You can get journal articles by going to the library home page and clicking the "Articles & eResources" tab in the search box area. This will give you three options:
- If you know which database you want to use (e.g. JSTOR) click Databases by Title).
- If you only know what subject you're looking for (e.g. History) click Databases by Subject.
- If you are looking for an article from a specific journal (e.g. European history quarterly) click Journals by Title.
- If you aren't sure where to start, click the how to find an article link at the top for help.
Once you are in a database, you can start to search for your article. All databases' search options are slightly different, but they usually include several search boxes you can fill out. Most databases will also let you search only for peer-reviewed or scholarly journals. For your research papers, you will want to make sure you check this option!
Articles which you can read in that database will have a link to the PDF full text or the HTML full text. Click on that text link to read the article. Some databases also let you e-mail yourself the files by clicking on an e-mail link.
Some articles will say "Find it @ CSUDH Lib" instead of having links to the full text. If you see this, it means the text of that article is not in the database you are searching. But don't worry! By clicking the link which says this, you can see a list of which databases do have the full text. If there are no databases containing the article you want, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan.
If you are using a computer that is on campus, you can access all of our electronic databases and ebooks without any further steps. Just click on the database name in the Database List and you will be sent immediately to the search screen.
If you are off campus, you will need to log in using your MyCSUDH Username and Password (the same thing you use to log in to Blackboard, MyCSUDH, and student e-mail). When you click on a database name from off-campus, you will see a screen asking you for this information.
After you enter your login information, you should be able to access any of our electronic databases and ebooks just like you would on campus. If you have problems, try resetting your password. If that doesn't work either, give the reference desk a call at (310) 243-3586 and we will help you troubleshoot.
The University library has many books in Spanish, and there are a few subject areas you can explore to learn more about the language itself and about the process of translation in general. Here are a few searches to try.
- Go to the library's online catalog
- In the drop-down menu to the left, select "Subject - Subject Words"
- Try one of the following searches
- Spanish language -- Dictionaries
- Spanish language
- Translating and Interpreting
- Spanish language -- translating into English
- Spanish language -- Provincialisms
- Once you submit your search you will see a series of links that you can click with more specific subjects.
- For a list of books, click a link to see items on that subject.
- Once you have a list of books on the screen, you can sort your results with the drop-down menu at the right.
- Select "Sort by year - newest to oldest" to see a list of books with the most recent books first.
The library also has several collections of ebooks: books that have been scanned in and which you can access from home using the library website. The main collection of ebooks is called ebrary. You can find it by clicking the "Find Journal Articles Now" header on the main library page, then selecting "E" for ebrary.
Academic Search Premier
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 8,500 journals, including full text for more than 4,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. (Use the subject search translating & interpreting)
Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) provides robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals to create a research and reference resource of unprecedented scope and depth in the communication and mass media fields. (Use the subject search translating & interpreting)
Online Textbooks /
Libro digital Herramientas de español / Online Advanced Spanish Book
This website at Bowdoin University is “A concise outline of essential grammar structures based on John Turner's All the Spanish Grammar You Really Need to Know.”
Spanish CALL Project
Indiana University website intended to help university students improve their Spanish fluency by providing online courses, grammar information, exercises, and cultural background.
This unique web community allows members to improve their language of choice with free lessons, but its most important aspect is the ability to network with native speakers of many languages. This gives you a chance to experience the language as it is actually spoken, not just how a textbook says it sounds.
Más arriba: Spanish Language Exercises
Más arriba (©2011 by Gary Aitken) is an interactive workbook of introductory Spanish language exercises, based on the pictorial contextualization of fundamental vocabulary and language points. The exercise material includes full-colour drawings, sound clips, instant feed-back, vocabulary help and a voice recorder (powered by Vocaroo).
Spanish-English dictionary from Merriam-Webster.
Bloomsbury Pocket business Spanish dictionary
Business dictionary with Spanish-English and English-Spanish translation (ebook from CSUDH library, requires MyCSUDH login).
English-Spanish dictionary of plant biology, including plantae, monera, protoctista, fungi and index of Spanish equivalents
Specialized translation dictionary for botanists (ebook from CSUDH library, requires MyCSUDH login).
The dictionary-based “sister project” of the more famous Wikipedia. Wiktionary allows users to search for words in any language, and provides a “translations”
A website which provides user-submitted pronunciations for words in a number of languages, including Spanish.
Slang and Idioms
A list of idiomatic Spanish expressions, sorted by component word.
Jergas de habla hispana
Allows users to search slang by country and region.
Verbix Online Verb conjugator
Allows you to translate verbs from English into Spanish and see how they should be conjugated.
Also on the Verbix website, this link lists verb types and conjugations, with irregularities.
What is plagiarism? - Plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." (OED)
In essence, when you quote or paraphrase from somebody else's work without citing it, you are plagiarizing their work. Plagiarism is a serious matter, and could result in a lower or failing grade and even in your expulsion from university. Just rewording your work isn't enough to avoid plagiarism. Since you are still borrowing information heavily from another writer, you still need to include a citation.
But I didn't know! - Ignorance of the law is unfortunately no excuse. You can commit plagiarism without meaning to, and it's just as serious a problem if you do.
How can I avoid it? - You can avoid plagiarism by always citing your sources. Whenever you put a quotation or borrow information heavily from a source, be sure you include a citation in the proper APA style. This will let your professor know you aren't trying to pass the idea off as your own. Taking detailed notes on where you get your information helps a lot with this, since it prevents you from forgetting which is your own work and which is borrowed from others.
For more information, see your student handbook and this handout by Sheela Pawar at CSUDH
Remember, not all web sites are created equally. Some sites can be valid sources of information, but others are filled with opinion represented as fact. While there isn't a 100% effective way to figure out what kind of site you're looking at, here are some guidelines to follow when using the internet for research:
- Check Credibility - Is it easy to figure out who's behind the information? Does whomever it is know what they're talking about? Do they have qualifications in the field or some other reason to be trust-worthy in it?
- Check Accuracy - Are the sources cited well? Is the information up-to-date? Are there any broad, sweeping generalisations that are impossible to verify?
- Check Reasonableness - What is the page's point-of-view? Is it a corporate page trying to sell you a product? Is it a government or educational site where the main purpose is to educate people?
- Check Support - Is it possible to double-check the information in another location?
Useful Scholarly Websites
INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
The Librarians' Internet Index aims to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected websites, serving California, the nation, and the world. All links on the Index are selected and approved by librarians before inclusion.
For more information, check out our guide on Evaluating Web Resources
Use multiple search terms - Remember, not every database or article uses exactly the same words to describe the same thing. Make sure you try several synonyms for the term you're trying to find. Most databases have a link titled "thesaurus" or "subject terms" which you can use to find out what words to search for.
Search in multiple places - The more places you look for information, the more information you're likely to find. Don't just search in one database and assume it's all you'll be able to find! Take a look at the list of Useful Databases earlier on in this page for where to start your search.
Ask for help - Don't be afraid to ask for help! Research can be an exhausting process, and sometimes a fresh perspective will make your task immensely easier. You can stop by the reference desk in the library and ask any of the reference librarians for help with your research. You can also submit an online help request which a librarian will answer within a day or two.
Don't leave it until the last minute - The earlier you start, the better your paper will be. Starting early gives you plenty of time to read and absorb the information so that you'll be properly informed when writing your paper.