COVERAGE: Contains the full text of approximately 900 works from the16th and 17th centuries, by 16 major authors, including Lope de Vega, Miguel de Cervantes, Calderón dela Barca and Tirso de Molina. The user can view the original text of rare first editions which are otherwise all but inaccessible. Search by title, keyword, genre and author is available and searches can be limited to specific elements of the plays. Interface can be installed in either English or Spanish. .

SEARCHING: Standard Search is the most simple of the search options. It allows you to search for keywords within a play, to search for the plays of a specific playwright, and to search by play title, speaker or genre. The default corpus to search is Plays and associated texts (Obra completa). You can change this by clicking Search Options (Opciones de búsqueda) in the Search Screen. Choose Plays only (Texto), Titles (Titulos), Volume Front Matter (Preliminares), or Stage Directions (Acotaciones). You can either search any or all categories.

I. Search

Using a Standard Search, for any field (Keyword, Play title, Speaker, Playwright or Genre), type your search into the box. You can combine words or terms by using AND (Y), NOT (Y NO), and OR (O). You can also browse through a list of available search terms for each of the search fields by clicking the down arrow to the right of the search box and bring up an index of that field. Once the your search terms are entered in the fields, click the Search (Búsqueda). A box will appear with a list of hits. You can display the highlighted search terms in context or the full text.

Once in the Full Text window, you can view bibliographic details of plays by clicking the Bibliographical Details icon on the top tool bar. You can also view notes embedded in plays, such as volume front matter or cast lists by clicking on the note icon, indicated by a small image of a quill pen. Click the pen to bring up either the Preliminares de volumen (introductory information from the printed edition) or the Lista de personajes (the cast list - a list of abbreviations for characters). Close these boxes by clicking on the X in the upper right corner.

To begin a new search, click on Search at the top Menu Bar, or click on the Search Icon on the Tool Bar.

II. Table of Contents (Tabla de contenidos):

This icon on the top tool bar will bring up an alphabetical list of authors in the database, when you click on it. Highlight an author by clicking on his name, then click on the + symbol next to his name to bring up a list of works. Highlight a work by clicking on the title, then click on the + symbol to bring up a list of acts or separate titles within the main title. Once a title or act is highlighted, you can double click on it to bring up the full text.

III. Go To (Ir a):

This icon on the top tool bar will allow you to specify a particular play, act, scene and line reference, move directly to that point in the Full Text to choose a title to view. Click the down arrow in the box to bring up a list of titles. Highlight a title then click OK. Once the title is chosen, you can choose an act by clicking the down arrow next to Act. Highlight the act then click Go To. You can choose a specific scene within that act if there are more than one. Go to a line if you wish by typing in the line number in the box. This allows fast access to a known location in a play.

IV. Complex searches

Command Line Search allows for more complex searching. Using Command Line Search you can search for any text within any data element or specific attributes. From the Search menu, choose Command Line Search. Type your search expression. Click Search to execute your search.

V. Search tips

Use truncation characters to retrieve items that contain variations on your search term.


The parts of Teatro Español del Siglo de Oro which you can print will depend on the window from which you are printing. The relevant print dialog box pertaining to each window will appear when you choose the Print command. The dialog box allows you to make further choices about what you will be printing and whether to include any secondary elements. like the bibliographical details or notes


The parts of the database which you can save will depend on the window from which you are saving . You can save either search expressions or text from to a file on a diskette. You can save from the Full Text, Summary of Matches, Context of Matches or Table of Contents windows, as well as the Note and Bibliographic Details windows. Data is saved in standard ASCII text format.


ICONS and what they mean

Place the cursor on an icon and the name of the icon will appear next to it.

From left to right the icons are:

The 8 icons on the right of the tool bar allow you to navigate once you have your search results:

Compiled by Jana Krentz, Bibliographer for Spain, Portugal and Latin America, May 1999.
Copyright 1999 The University fo Kansas Libraries.
Permission to copy required.
Dept. for Spain, Portugal and Latin America,
University of Kansas Libraries
Lawrence, KS 66045-2800