Full Text Search

Full Text Search (a search option on the home page) allows the contents of all data fields to be search simultaneously.

Launching a search without inputting any search term will yield the entire database as a search result.

If one or more search terms are placed between quotation marks, then only results containing the word or words exactly as written and in the same word order as contained within the quotes will be displayed.

A star can be used as a wildcard or placeholder: In cases where the exact spelling of a word or even an entire word in a longer phrase is not known, the star can be used in its place.
Full search term: Rudolf von Alt
In order to ensure that the spelling variant Rudolph is covered by the search, the search term is entered as follows: Rudol* von Alt

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search option makes it possible to do a targeted search of individual fields of the database.

Thus the fields     
  • Object type | Title
  • Place of origin
  • Period | Style | School
  • Object category
  • Artist | Maker
  • Material | Technique

offer an autocomplete function. Entering at least one letter leads to the suggestion of terms occurring in the database. Entering more letters narrows the list of suggested terms.

The search field Collection shows all existing entries as a drop-down list.

The search field Date offers two options: 1) a timeline where the timeframe to be searched can be adjusted manually, or 2) a from-to pair of fields, where the time period to be searched or a certain year may be entered.

Once “Advanced Search” is launched, the previously entered search terms are shown highlighted in red above the search results and can be removed by clicking on them. The terms are sorted in hierarchical order.
Search term in the field Object Description | Title: Service
The result not only yields data sets containing the object description “Service,” but also those whose object descriptions are assigned to the term “Service,” such as serving plate, saucer, saucière, etc.

The search results can be narrowed further through the Refine function on the left-hand side. If the individual filter criteria (Object type, Artist | Maker, Place of Origin, Period | Style | School, Collection) are clicked, the corresponding results are shown. The number of hits is shown in parentheses after each filter criterion; these are ranked in descending order according to the frequency of hits.

The search results can be refined by clicking on one of more filter criteria. The number of hits shown in square brackets will update accordingly. Selected filter criteria will be displayed highlighted in red under the filter designation. Clicking on a selected criterion a second time deselects it.

My Selection

In the page area My Selection, users can temporarily set aside selected data sets and subsequently forward them as a repro query or they can store them in list format as a pdf or print them directly.

In order to be able to add an object to “My Selection,” the star on the lower right-hand side of the object data set on the search results page or in the detail view of the data set must be clicked. The star only appears when the cursor hovers over the corresponding thumbnail of the object. As soon as the star is marked, it remains visible. Subsequently, further data sets can be added to “My Selection.”

The area with the selected data sets can only be retrieved on the upper left side of the page. The number of selected objects is shown in parentheses. Clicking on “My Selection” displays the entire selected data sets of the objects. Various additional functions that can be applied to the selected objects are shown to the left.

My Selection Repro request offers the possibility of sending an email query directly to the MAK (after entering contact information).