The following are demonstration searches for the European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 database.
Example 1: “Staden, Hans”
A researcher is pursuing the story of Hans Staden, a German traveler captured by indigenous people in Brazil. He enters "Staden, Hans" in the keyword search box and retrieves 24 results with 6 editions in vol. 1, 7 in vol. 2, 3 in vol. 3, 3 in vol. 4, 4 in vol. 5, and 1 in vol. 6.
Example 2: "López de Gómara"
A researcher wants to see how long Francisco López de Gómara's history of Spanish exploration was represented in print in the early period. She enters the now standard surname usage "López de Gómara" and finds that the bibliography uses the now superseded name form "Gómara, Francisco López de" and is able to retrieve 42 editions in various languages in different volumes.
Example 3: “Chocolate” OR “Cacao” or “Cocoa”
A scholar wants to pursue the story of chocolate from original sources. She finds 2 records in vol. 1, but then sees 5 listings in v. 2, and numerous listings in later volumes. She knows that the Spanish explorers were exposed to chocolate sometime in the first century of colonization, so she tries a botanical approach, looking for "Cacao" or “cocoa.” Now she finds numerous listings in other volumes as well and two listings in vol. 1.
Example 4: “Cinchona”
A researcher is looking for early documentation for the use of cinchona in the treatment of fevers. A search for "cinchona" rewards him with an increasing number of index entries from vol. 2 onward.
Example 5: Search for natural disasters using terms like “Earthquakes” or “Meteorology” or “Flood*”
A researcher interested in the role natural disasters played in the colonial world can conduct a keyword or index search for "Earthquakes" leading to 42 titles in various volumes; "Meteorology" retrieving 3 titles in v. 3; "Flood*" bringing up 22 titles in various volumes; "Storms" and "Hurricanes" as index terms reveal a few more in vol. 3.