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Iberia 1400-1700: English Language Resources: Online Catalog

Contains reference sources about the history of Spain and Portugal and their empires from 1400-1700.

Online Catalog

We have a new online catalog fall semester, 2022, which is undergoing various improvements.  It does not work exactly the way these older directions below portray.  Some of the information about subject headings may still be useful.

It is possible to do a quick and dirty, one box keyword search of the contents of the MSU Libraries' web site, starting at the top left of the Libraries' home page.  The results will be sorted into several categories to follow up on:  articles from journals, books/media from our online catalog, databases, library research guides like this one, other.  To do a more traditional search, read on.

Use Books and Media (online catalog) to search by personal author, corporate author, title of book, author/title combination, title of periodical, keyword(s) that might be found in a title, subject heading, or call number.

Authors may be individuals, organizations, or corporate entities.  For personal authors enter surname, first name.  Examples: Elliott, J.H.  Ignatius of Loyola, Saint, 1491-1556. Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616. Hakluyt Society.

Titles may be titles of particular books or particular journals/periodicals.  Do not start a title search with the words “A”, “An”, or “The.”  Do include these words as they occur later on in a title.  Examples: Old World and the New 1492-1650. Journal of Early Modern History.

Keywords are words or phrases that one hopes to find in titles.  In keyword searching the computer matches the word or words requested; it has no brain and cannot think.  It has no capacity to understand the meaning of the word(s) as you intend it/them in your search.  Recently coined terms and topics may be best searched by keyword because it takes some time for new subject headings to be established by catalogers.  Examples:  Spanish Jewry. Boolean phrase: golden age Spain. Boolean phrase: (decline or survival) and (portugal or spain).  Communeros. Convivencia. Text box. Flash drive. Care package.

Call numbers can be searched if you have a general or specific call number.  In this way one can browse the shelves of the Main Library from the comfort of home.  Example:  BX 1735 (Inquisition in Spain). DP 536 (history of Portugal). G 159-336 history of discoveries, explorations, and travel.

Subject headings are standardized words and phrases assigned by catalogers when cataloging library materials.  They are published in the Library of Congress' List of Subject Headings, a large set of red books, located in the Reference collection, call number Z 695....  Remember, persons (last name first), organizations, companies, places, and events may all be L.C. subjects even though their names are not in the L.C. List...  Subject heading searching usually results in better quality subject retrieval than keyword searching.  Examples:  Ignatius of Loyola, Saint, 1491-1556 (for books about him).  Brazil.  Jesuits—missions.  Catholic Church—history—16th century.  Inquisition. Inquisition--[place].  Moriscos.  Mudejares. Conquerors.  Missionaries. Spain--history. 

Notice and use standardized sub-headings to find particular types of material, such as bibliographies, periodicals, dictionaries, biography, etc.  For example: Spain--history--bibliography.

Some possibly useful subject headings are below.  Use subject search.

America—discovery and exploration

Aragon (Spain)

Aztec women

Bourbon, House of

Catalonia (Spain

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1500-1558


Conquerors—[place name] for examples: Latin America. Mexico. Portugal. Spain.

Demarcation line of Alexander VI

Don Quixote Cervantes Saavedra Miguel de, 1547-1616

Ferdinand V, King of Spain, 1452-1616


Greco?, 1541-1614

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint, 1491-1556

Inca women


Indian slaves

Indians of Central America


Inquisition—[country name]

Isabella I, Queen of Spain, 1451-1504

Jews—Caribbean area

Jews—[country name]

Latin America—discovery and exploration

Latin America—discovery and exploration--Spanish

Latin America—economic conditions

Latin America—history—[chronological period]





New Spain

Philip II, 1556-1598

Pirates—Caribbean area

Pizarro, Francisco, ca 1475-1541



Portugal--history--sources (for locating primary source material)





Spain—economic conditions

Spain—ethnic relations

Spain—foreign relations—[country]


Spain—history—Ferdinand and Isabella, 1479-1516

Spain—history—House of Austria, 1500-1700

Spain—history—Philip V

Spain--history--sources (for locating primary source material)


Spain—social life and customs

Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582

Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648

Velazquez, Diego, 1599-1660

Women—Latin America--history


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