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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 for "Operadores."

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 entry.

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 holdings.

Other Features

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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