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Don Quijote de la Mancha

This Database of Cervante’s Don Quijote de la Mancha serves the following principle functions:

  • Word Searches
  • Creation of Concordances
  • Boolean Searches
  • Creation of Indices (organized alphabetically or according to frequency; index locorum; sequence of characters).
  • Sequential searches
  • Printing and saving of concordances

Upon opening the program, you will be presented with a list of texts on the left and four buttons on the right.  First you must highlight which text you prefer to use.  Then press a button: LECTURA DE TEXTO allows you to read specified selections of the full text;  INDICES VARIOS allows you to produce indices; SALIR, of course, is exit.

In order to use the search capabilities, choose INTERROGACION.

SEARCHING Don Quijote de la Mancha

After selecting INTERROGACION, the search screen will appear, with the window “Que palabra desea buscar?” and a “*” in the text box.

In order to execute a simple search, simply type the word in the text box.

Wild characters
Your search may use one or more wild characters.  The primary symbols are * and $ which have the following meanings:

*      substitutes for any number of characters (e.g. libr* finds libra, libremente, libros, librillo, etc).
$ substitutes for one character (e.g. libr$ finds libra, libro but NOT libros, libras).
*(/) finds words ending with various forms (e.g. *(or/ora) finds words ending either in ora or or.

Searching spelling variations
In order to search for words which may differ from a given word by one or two letters (especially useful in searching the shifting orthography of 17th century Spanish), use the simple ?.  For example:

?cosa finds casa, cosa, costa, osa, rosa, etc.
??cosa finds causa, costar, costa, etc.

The search screen shows six icons along the top of the screen:

  • Glasses    Brings up the index
  • Magnifying glass  Begins search
  • Compass  Sets configurations
  • Memo pad  Opens note pad
  • Printer   Prints
  • Floppy Disk  Saves
  • In addition, the menu items at the top of the page offer many other options for conducting a search.

    In order to execute a Boolean search, simply type the words you wish to search in the text box.   After doing so, the Buscada de familias window will open, allowing you to specify the maximum distance between the terms, the size of the accompanying context, and whether the words must be in sequence or not.  The default for the Boolean searches is “and” (= “y”).

    In order to define the Boolean searches, either click on the family icon (next to the family search icon, with the magnifying glass) or  under the Familia menu pull down to “Definicion” (ALT+D).   Using the Definicion de una familia window, you can define searches using Boolean operators as well as try out different combinations of the words you have been searching.

    Simply click on the hypertext words in the Cuadro, or click on a hypertext word in the search results list to view the full text.

    You may also navigate through the full text using the index icon (looks like a tree).

    HINT #3
    Use the Contextos pull-down menu to organize your finds in useful contexts.

    HINT #4
    Navigate easily through your finds by using the hypertext links and the back and forward arrows in the icon bar.

    HINT #5
    Use the Ventanas pull-down menu to organize your windows (side-by-side (mosaic) = yuxtapuestos; cascading = sobrepuestos).

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    This file last modified 07/16/01
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