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Brazilian Studies

Provides suggested resources for the study of Brazil.

Finding Books

Search the Mirlyn catalog to find books available at the U-M Library. E-books are linked from catalog records.
BTW, catalog searches also identify journals (not articles), CDs, DVDs, videos, conference proceedings, microforms, U-M dissertations and more.

If you don't find what you need, try WorldCat to find books available at many other libraries world-wide. Books owned by U-M are identified, and it is easy to place an interlibrary loan request for the materials we don't own directly from the WorldCat record.

ILL link in WorldCat


SciELO Livros

Brazilian academic e-books published by major university presses. 400+ titles available.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Is there a book you can't find in the Mirlyn catalog? Learn how to get it through ILL.

Tips for finding books

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Subject Headings and Call Numbers

When searching for works on literature written *in* Brazil, the subject headings will be "Brazilian literature" (and not "Portuguese," despite the fact that it's written in Portuguese).

Subject Headings (this is a sample):

Brazilian literature

Brazilian literature -- Brazil -- Alagoas (or substitute for other state)

Brazilian literature -- 20th century (or substitue for other period)

Brazilian literature -- History and criticism

Brazilian literature -- Women authors

São Paulo (Brazil) Civilization

Brazil Civilization

Brazil -- History

Brazil -- Economic Conditions -- 20th century

Brazil -- Politics and government -- 20th century


If you would like to visit the stacks to browse, these are the call number ranges where you will find different categories associated with Brazilian Studies. In the Hatcher Graduate Library, some books on Brazilian literature will be cataloged using the Dewey Decimal System and others the Library of Congress (LOC) Classification. Here are the ranges for some of the categories:

The call number ranges


Portuguese Language (Reference, dictionaries and histories)      PC5001 - PC5498

Brazilian Literature -- General                                                   PQ9500 - PQ9698.436

(Includes primary works as well as literary histories and criticism)

Brazilian History                                                                      F2501 - F2659

Brazil -- Motion Pictures                                                           PN 1993.5 .B6 

Brazil -- Popular Music                                                             ML3575 .B7 



Portuguese Language (Reference and Dictionaries)                    869

Brazilian Literature                                                                  869.9

(History, criticism and works by individual authors)                                                                                                  

Brazil -- Motion Pictures                                                          808