There are two main ways to search the database.
- Quick search on main page
- Advanced 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;
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.
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
| 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
| Select Full link next to name|| Displays the Full record for
| The display shows all the books and Academies with which
Caracci can be linked, his roles and any images located. Select any item for
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
Box 1, at the top, has a drop-down list which includes ‘City’, ‘Academy’,
‘Author’, ‘Printer’, ‘Engraver’, ‘Censor’, ‘Contributor’, and ‘Artist’ (select
Select ‘City’, the drop-down list
Names of cities which hosted Academies are displayed in the second drop-down
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.
Select Full link on brief display record
to see the full record with details of all publications and members.
- 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’.
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.
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
- ‘amor*’ will show the Brief Display Page list of all books with that in their
- ‘amor* ricrea*’ will show the Brief Display Page for the book including these
words in the title.
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.