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Spanish & Portuguese Literatures

This is a guide to important print and electronic resources in the field of Spanish and Portuguese Literatures.

Advanced Search

From the main search box, click Advanced Search to get the Advanced Search screen:

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Boolean, Wildcards, and Related Subject Searches

Use the "OR" boolean operator to include alternate spellings, synomyms. or related terms. 

The asterisk (*) is the truncation symbol. (e.g., argentin* matches argentina, argentinian, argentine, etc.)

Notice that you can use the drop down menus to change the index labels and boolean operators.  In this example in the second box, "title" was changed to "keyword". Click "Add row" to add additional search boxes.


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Once you find a book on your topic, use the other "Related Subjects" that appear at the end of the record (see example below) to find additional resources on your topic.

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Using Index Labels for Precision Searching

Index labels allow for very specific searches.   The following example shows how to search for John Stark's book The Literature of Exhaustion: Borges, Nabokov, and Barth.  

When using boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) place them in upper case letters.


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Click here for a  full list of index labels

Phrase Searching in Worldcat UMD

Use quotes to retrieve records with an exact phrase literature of exhaustion.  Without quotes the individual words will be combined with an "and" operator.

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