It is possible to research our website using search patterns that are arranged in
order of increasing selection and search possibilities, from simple to extended and
In addition, it is possible to browse directly in the inventory list using
the "Browse index
".Through the Filter
classification) one is able to search according to classificated attributes.
With the extended and, above all, advanced search, it is possible to hone a search in
that it is possible to combine multiple filters.
The simple search
encompasses a full text search of the metadata
(data that was acquired in the cataloguing).
With extended search
it is possible to search by common used metadata attributes.
With advanced search
it is also possible, among other things, to
search by very special metadata attributes. Thus, search capabilities for all publicly accessible criteria are provided.
In order to simplify the input, special characters were normalized. Consequently, next
to the term that is being searched for in correct, scholarly transcription, it is
possible to ignore special symbols. A search using the input "Iṣfahānī" will produce
the same result using the notation "Isfahani". This normalization (or symbol-neutral)
search should always produce the same results. In spite of this and in order to simplify
the input possibilities of the correct, scholarly transcription for the user
(among other things to restrict the search results which through the normalization are
logically, sometimes too many), an on-screen keyboard was developed in which the symbol
can be clicked as needed.
If more search terms are entered consecutively, the operator “AND” is executed. This
means that, for example, the search for "Kitāb Faḍā’il" in the metadata directly finds
not only the entry "Kitāb al-Faḍā’il", but also further entries in which both words
appear within the description at least once and through any number of symbols that are
separated from each other as well as independent of the order of their appearance.
Thereby, a search for the term, exactly as it has been entered, is performed.
Capitalisation is not relevant.
Furthermore, it is possible to enter an asterisk (*) as a so-called wild card in place
of another symbol/letter. With this placeholder for any number of consecutively appearing
symbols, one can search, e.g., for terms whose spelling is not definitely known, or one
searches using words with a similar spelling: the search for “cover” does not bring up,
e.g., the word “hardcover”. However, if one supplements the wildcard “*cover”, the
search will also produce the compounded forms. The search for “tu*k” would
produce “turkish” as well as “Turkey”.