Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Obras Completas
Centro de Estudios Cervantinos
This CD-ROM database contains Cervantes' complete works (including Don Quixote
de la Mancha), biographical and historical information, a detailed bibliography,
and a gallery of images relating to Cervantes' work and epoch. All text documents
are fully-searchable. The interface and all texts are in Spanish.
Searching Cervantes: Obras Completas
Select "Buscar" from the Búsqueda menu (or click on the magnifying glass
on the toolbar) to search all of the database's texts for one or more words.
When the search window appears, check the box next to "En el texto." Type your
search term or terms into the dialog box under "Texto para la busqueda" and
click Buscar. Unfortuately, the program does not allow users to enter non-English
characters from an English-language keyboard. When searching for a word that
contains an accent mark, you do not need to worry about typing the accent. To
enter the character "ñ" you should select and copy an occurence of that
character from the text and paste it into the search dialog box. (Use the mouse
to highlight your selection and type Ctrl-C to copy and Ctrl-V to paste.)
The program recognizes the boolean operators AND (.Y), OR (.O), and NOT (.NO).
To use one or more of these in a search, click on the corresponding button above
the search box. These boolean operators search for the occurence of multiple
terms within the same paragraph. (For example, Quijote .Y Sancho" will
direct you to paragraphs that contain both "Quijote" and "Sancho.") For more
information about search operators, click Ayuda and search the Help topic list
The Glosario contains an index of searchable terms that the program will recognize.
To see if a term appears on this list, type it in the "Glosario" dialog box.
The Glosario window will display your term or the closest alphabetically ordered
Viewing Search Results
The program immediately takes you to a place in the text that satisfies your
search requirements. Search terms are highlighted in the full-text display.
Hyperlinks indicate footnotes. The bottom of the screen tells you how many occurences
of your search terms were found in the text of Cervantes' complete works and
the number of the occurence that you're currently viewing. (The program lists
editorial commentary, biographical information, and Cervantes' works in the
order shown by the index on the left side of the screen. So if you search for
"sol", the program will assign a low number to occurences of the term in the
biographical essay and a higher number to occurences in Cervantes' poetry.)
Within works, occurences of terms are numbered in order of appearance.
To move to the next occurence of your term, click on the straight arrow pointing
to the right on the toolbar. Clicking on the straight arrow pointing to the
left will take you to the previous occurence. The curved arrows will move you
to the last or first occurence of your search terms in the database's complete
You can browse the database's texts using the index. Simply click on a title
to view the full-text display. The program also contains a "Diccionario Cervantino"
that gives citations of various names and phrases in Cervantes' text. Select
this option from the Miscelánea menu or click on the book icon at the
far right of the toolbar. Browse the alphabetically ordered list of names and
phrases or enter a name or phrase in the dialogue box. To access the program's
gallery of images, select "Galería" from the Miscelánea menu.
Printing and Saving:
Cervantes: Obras Completas allows you to print all or part of the index and
all or part of any specific text. To print the index as it appears, click on
the printer icon above the index window and click "Continuar." You can also
print part of the index by highlighting it and selecting "Bloque Marcado" in
the print dialog box. To print the text associated with the highlighted part
of the index, select "Texto associado a la parte marcada en el índice."
You can also print from the text by highlighting a selection, clicking on the
printer icon above the text window and selecting "Bloque Marcado." The Opciones
command allows you to insert text, the current date, or page numbers at the
top or bottom of the page. You can also adjust the margins.
To save a selection directly to disk as a text or RTF file, follow the directions
for printing. In the print dialog box, select either "fichero sin formato de
composición" (text) or "fichero con formato RTF." Note: this function
is currently inoperational. We recommend copying sections of text and pasting
them into a word processing program. To copy a section of the text or index,
highlight the selection and click "Copiar" under the "Indice (index)" or "Texto
(text)" menu. The selection will go to the computer's clipboard. (You can also
type Ctrl-C to copy highlighted text.)
For More Information:
Consult the on-line help or the user manual.
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