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The core of the Multidisciplinary Bibliography of the Spanish/Portuguese Border (FRONTESPO-BIB) are works on the language of the Spain/Portugal border. Other relevant records that complement a linguistic understanding of the region (history, human geography, etc.) are included, as are other more general resources. However, exhaustive coverage of non-linguistic topics should not be expected.

After an extensive testing period, in March 2018 the page opened to the public, with a collection of almost 1500 bibliographic entries from the field of linguistics. We currently have another 5000 bibliographic entries that reference this and other topics, which are nearly completed; they will be published over the coming months. For any suggestions, corrections or supplements for the bibliography, or to request more information, please contact us at



The scientific community has the highly valuable catalogue created by the Mértola Archaeological Field, which several members of FRONTESPO helped to create. Aware of the need to avoid duplicating efforts and to establish networks for collaboration, we have obtained permission to integrate these materials into our database. We greatly appreciate their enormous effort. The main new contributions offered by our project’s Bibliography are:

  1. Computerised management of the materials, with all that implies in terms of searching for information, handling, and recovering results.
  2. Considering the entire Spanish/Portuguese border, from the mouth of the Miño River to that of the Guadiana.
  3. Progressive incorporation of works from other fields of knowledge.
  4. Precise geographic delimitation of each record. Cataloguing by topic and inclusion of descriptive metadata.

Updates to the Bibliography

As was mentioned in the Foreword, this tool is constantly being updated. To see the latest additions or modifications to existing records, click on the New and Updates buttons in the top right corner.


Searching the Database

There are several different ways of searching for information.

- The standard search process (Search button in the top right corner) allows users to search the database using different criteria, which can be combined depending on the degree of detail needed. The last three options allow users to choose how the results will appear. To see all of the entries again, click on Restart.

- The simple search (Simplified search button in the top right corner) consists of a single search bar. The text chain entered in the box will be searched for in all fields in the database. As a result, the search process may take up to a minute.

- Different bibliographic fields (authorslanguagetopicgeographic area, and keywords) are hyperlinks. By clicking on them, you will jump to the list of entries that share that characteristic.



- The list of files/search results shows just an abbreviated version. To see the entire bibliographic entry, click on the reference’s title.

- The author field shows the name of the author as it is listed on the work in question. However, by clicking on the name, there is a link to the standardised author sheet, which includes all of the different variations of their name, and where, whenever possible, more bibliographic information is offered on the person in question.

Thus, for example, at the time of writing, we have eight entries authored by María Montserrat Muriano Rodríguez. However, when we visit her standardised author sheet, 10 entries are listed, as it also includes those works that she’s signed as Mª Montserrat Muriano Rodríguez and as Montserrat Muriano Rodríguez; furthermore, on this page users can consult her profile on the Spanish National Library’s website and view her scientific output included in the Dialnet portal.

- The topical organisation of the entries follows two structures: the general assignment of one or more topics in a hierarchical thesaurus, and a more detailed description using keywordsSee the Thesaurus of Topics here. 

- The content synopses may have been created by the FRONTESPO team, or may come from the source itself or external repositories (in these cases, obviously, the due citation of authorship appears). If you would like to collaborate with us in writing summaries, please write us at


Exporting Results

The Export button is at the top right corner of the list of entries/search results. This tool allows users to create a CSV or Excel file with all of the information contained in the files selected and transfer it to their computer.

To select the files you would like to export, click the check box to the left of each entry. If you click the box in the upper left corner, in the table heading, it will select all of the entries shown on screen and you can ask the system to select, additionally, all of the rows from the list of search results.

Choose the desired file format and click on Execute. The system will provide a link for you to download the file to your computer.