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Scope of the catalogues

There are two main ways to search the database.
  • Quick search on main page
  • Advanced search

Quick search

Searches by keywords. Enter, for example a person’s name/subject/ gender/profession/ city /nationality/topic.
Examples: Montanari, Urban; poetry, theatre; woman; engraver, censor, printer; Bologna; French;volcanoes.

The keyword can be in truncated form to increase the number of hits (example: ‘amor*’ will include any variation such as ‘amoroso’, ‘amorosa’, ‘amori’ etc.; ‘poe*’ for ‘poeta’, ‘poetessa’, ‘poesia’, ‘poesie’, ‘poetry’, ‘poetries’, ‘poems’, ‘poetic’, etc.). To refine a keyword search add a second term: e.g. French author; Spanish language.

Advanced search

Browse indexes of

You can browse the indexes of: ‘Academies’, ‘Academicians’, ‘Authors’, ‘Artists’, ‘Censors’, ‘Contributors’, ‘Dedicatees’, ‘Editors’, ‘Engravers’, ‘Places of Publication’, ‘Printers’.
Selecting one of these categories displays a brief display of results organised alphabetically. The results can be paged through using the alphabet links at the top of the results. Select an individual item from the brief display to see the full record

Example
Select Artists from Browse Index Results for Artists with surnames beginning with A are displayed
Select C from the alphabet links Results for Artists with surnames beginning with C are displayed
Select Caracci from the results list Displays the brief record for Caracci
Select Full link next to name Displays the Full record for Carracci
The display shows all the books and Academies with which Caracci can be linked, his roles and any images located. Select any item for fuller details

In the central part of the Advanced Search page, there are three large boxes each with a radio button on the left. Click one before starting your search in that box.

Box 1, at the top, has a drop-down list which includes ‘City’, ‘Academy’, ‘Author’, ‘Printer’, ‘Engraver’, ‘Censor’, ‘Contributor’, and ‘Artist’ (select ONE only).

Example:
Select ‘City’, the drop-down list Names of cities which hosted Academies are displayed in the second drop-down list
Press the ‘Add’ button to select one city (for instance ‘Bologna’) Bologna is added to the search text box
Select Napoli from the 2nd drop-down list and press the ‘Add’ button The search text box now displays the following: "Bologna" OR "Napoli"
Press ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the page Displays Academy Brief Display page containing results that match search
Select the Full link next to specific Record in the results list The Full record is displayed is shown

Box 2, in the centre, is useful for a key-word search if you are looking for an Academy’s motto or emblem. Type a key-word in the motto or the emblem space or in both.

Examples:
  • In the motto field the word ‘nunc’ will open the Brief Display Page of Accademia Delia, whose motto was nunc demum immota.
  • In the emblem field the word ‘trees’ will open the Brief Display Page of Accademia dei Gelati, whose emblem description is ‘wood of frozen trees’.
Select Full link on brief display record to see the full record with details of all publications and members.

Box 3, at the bottom is for searching for key-words in the short title of books. Enter one or more key-words (depending how much you want to narrow down your search). These can be in truncated form.

Example:
  • ‘amor*’ will show the Brief Display Page list of all books with that in their title
  • ‘amor* ricrea*’ will show the Brief Display Page for the book including these words in the title.
Select the Full link on the brief display records to see the full record Book Display page, with clickable details of all persons and Academies involved, their roles, names etc

Note: BL shelfmarks are listed for all items. To order items from the Library please return to the BL on-line catalogue pages. Items cannot be ordered directly from the Italian Academies database.

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