University of Notre Dame


Hesburgh Libraries

Rare Books & Special Collections


Manuscript and print sources for the study of Inquisition history

About Searching

The bibliographic descriptions available on this site can be browsed via the general search box or faceted values lists, both found at left. Entering a query in the search box seeks a match across all fields of bibliographic data.

The faceted values have been set up with the following principles:

  • Document category collocates sources under the same topical groupings as the overall organization of the web site. These categories were established to help visitors comprehend the collection’s scope and breadth.
  • Date range displays sources within fifty year date spans. If a source cannot be dated within fifty years, for instance a document that has been dated to the 1700s, it can be found under multiple values.
  • Document format sorts sources into the major physical formats found within the collection. Print documents with substantial annotation can be collocated this way, but it is useful to note that many sources with varying quality and content of annotations are present in the collection.
  • Primary language organizes sources according to the dominant language found within a document. Many sources contain text or annotations in more than one language, however; all instances of a language, such as Portuguese, can be located via the search box.
  • Geographic location arranges sources in accordance with their place of publication or creation, if known. Clicking the plus sign next to a country will display all associated locations. Sources for which no location can be deduced have been indexed as [Unknown]. The values of this list derive from the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names for consistency.

If you are looking for documents from Madrid, for example, you could either enter ‘Madrid’ into the search box or use the Geographic area facet to locate all sources for which Madrid is the site of document production. These two methods would pull together slightly different results sets, as entering Madrid in the search box would find records in which the term was included anywhere in the bibliographic description and the facet value only indexes those records for which Madrid is the primary location.

If you have narrowed down a results list via faceted values but would like to drop one or more of these restrictions from your results set, click the (x) symbol at the top of the page to eliminate search limiters. You can also initiate a new search at any time via the blue button found at the top of the results set.