The catalogue contains a collection of manuscripts. To make searching easier each individual manuscript is divided into four sub categories of:
- Manuscript - Information relating to the entire manuscripts.
- Work - Information relating to a single work within a manuscript.
- Person - Information relating to a person related to a manuscript or work. The Author would be an example.
- Library - The library that holds the manuscript.
Ways to search
There are three main ways to search the data:
- You can try the Browse, which lists many of the sub categories in alphabetical order. e.g. Browse People
- The Quick search which appears at the top of every page. This searches all the sub categories for your words and returns a list of those objects which match. e.g. A Koran search
- The home and advanced search which returns the works associated with your more complex query. Such as only works by a certain author. A "8th Century Hijri-qamari calendar" search
The home and advanced search result pages also include additional options for your search. Just select from the list of things labelled "Filters".
Each individual record of each sub category has its own profile page. Each of these pages has a link to other sub category records associated with it. For instance a work profile page will have a link to its author and that profile page will show all the works that person has created, including the one you navigated from.
In search terms you can use additional formatting to improve search results. These include:
- quotation marks (")
- You can place quotation marks around multiple words so that only that specific phrase will be found. Anonymous commentaries produces many more results than "Anonymous commentaries" (i.e. with quotes)
- AND / OR
- You can combine words into groups using these logic operators and brackets. AND is used as the default. For example you could search for Muḥammad AND (Badr OR Baha) which will find records with Muḥammad and eitherBadr or Baha.
- plus (+) / minus(-)
- With the plus and minus you can define which phrasesmust be found and those which must not be found. The plus is default. For example Liturgical -pieces -piece will return everything with the word liturgical but not the words pieces nor piece.
- You can use wildcard values to match only part of words. A question mark (?) will match a single character while the asterix (*) will match one or more characters. A search for astro* will match words like "astronomy", "astrological" and "astrology"
You can combine these options into a single query, such as: (astro* -astrological) AND "five planets".