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HIEU 151: Spain Since 1808 - Guide for Special Collections / Spanish Civil War Assignment: How to Find and Request Special Collections Materials

Searching the Catalog for Special Collections Materials

In Roger, the Library's catalog, use the Advanced Search to limit your search. For example limit to only those items:

  • created during time period under study
  • in English, or other languages
  • Held in Special Collections (LOCATION limit refers to library location):


NOTE: You can also start with a basic keyword search, and select "Modify Search" at the top of the results list to get to these same limit options:


Be flexible with your search terms! If you know an organization or author's name, great. But you'll probably need to try several searches to get on the right track.

Subject headings are assigned by librarians to encompass what an item is about. Sample subject headings include:

Spain History Civil War 1936 1939 Participation Foreign

Fascism Spain


Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Participation, American

Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Religious aspects

Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista

Spain. Ejército Popular de la República. Brigada Internacional, XV

Search Tips:

  • Do freeform keyword searches AND focused subject heading searches.
  • Try keyword searches with both broad and narrow terms, and pay attention to what words are used in the descriptions and subject headings of your results.
  • Repeat searches in both English and Spanish if you speak Spanish. If a title was in Spanish originally, it will be transcribed in Spanish in the catalog. The description provided by our librarians will be in English.
  • Repeat your searches with new mixes of keywords and/or subject headings as you start to find materials of interest to you.

Placing Requests From the Catalog

Search result lists in Roger provide just a browsable snapshot of possible titles to pursue:

Click on the title from the results list to see more details and place your request. On the detailed description page, look for the Request link on the right to place your request:


You will be prompted to Login with your Special Collections Request Account (or to create one if you have not already registered). The citation information will then carry over from the catalog - look it over, schedule the date of your visit, and submit your request!

A note about delivery times: Generally speaking, we can pull materials the same day, just moments after you place the request if you're already in the library, but keep an eye out for our materials that are stored OFFSITE, as delivery of these times may take up to a week.



You're now ready to come in to Special Collections (bring your ID!).

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