A Spanglish blog dedicated to the works, ruminations, and mongrel pyrotechnics of Yago S. Cura, an Argentine-American poet, translator, publisher & futbol cretin. Yago publishes Hinchas de Poesia, an online literary journal, & is the sole proprietor of Hinchas Press.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I don't usually do this but would like to take the time to big up a new database that EBSCO is coming out with. It's called the, Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection. The database draws most of its content from the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project”, a massive national project to " preserve and disseminate Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form since colonial times until 1960."

Recently, I helped a college student write a paper on Malcolm X. I probably should not have done this but I logged in to the BCC databases and signed her in to one of the various African American databases it has. They have African American History Online and African American Studies Center, both voluminous resources for biographies, illustrated maps, photographs, and other materials. The best thing about my interaction with this student was that I made them realize that the specialized databases are the best places to consult because all the superfluous material has already been seperated.

The Arte Publico/EBSCO database has "60,000 historical articles, Hundreds of political and religious pamphlets and broadsides, Complete texts of over 1,100 historical books of Hispanic literature, political commentary and culture." Ok, so maybe seeing as I have never used this actual database I should be a little more judicious. But, all I am saying is that if you are a college student and doing some research on Latinos, Hispanics, Ibera-folk, then this database might be a great place to start.

If you would like to read more about it yourself, the url for the database is, http://www.ebscohost.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=1&topicID=1288 and is linked here for your convenience. (here)

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