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SPA 151/152/251: Country Portfolio: Finding Books & Articles

Resources for country/culture portfolio assignment

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login.


Databases Covering a Number of the Country/Cultural Topics

Be sure to look at Databases by Subject for recommendations of databases specific to your research subject.

Tip: Search for the full-text eBook Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life in Gale eBooks.

Library Catalog

Use the MCC Library Catalog to find out what physical and electronic resources the Library has available. Enter your search below to get started!

Searching Tips

The MCC Library has many helpful books on countries.  Books on the culture of a country and on traveling in a country are particularly useful for this assignment. 

To find books on your country:

  1. Enter the name of your country in the Library Catalog search box above.
  2. Find the call number to help you locate the book on the shelf.
  3. When you find your book, use the indexes in the back and the tables of contents in the front for the particular information you need.

Try searching the following keywords in both the catalog and other search tools:

  • culture
  • cookery
  • travel
  • ethnology
  • Chile, Mexico, etc.
  • eating customs
  • Latin America--politics and government
  • business etiquette--Latin America
  • corporate culture--Latin America

You can find books on specific countries in these LC call number ranges

  • DP - Spain
  • F1201-1392 - Mexico
  • F1541-1557 - Costa Rica
  • F1951-1983 - Puerto Rico
  • F3401-3619 - Peru


  • F1501-1517 - Honduras
  • F1751-1854.9 - Cuba
  • F3051-3285 - Chile

Reference books: Print and Electronic (online)