A brief video tutorial can be found on YouTube.
The simple search supports both truncation as well as searching by phrase. The search logic uses AND as a default. For example, 'Kloster Austria' will return all sigla that contain either the word “Kloster” AND “Austria.”
This may be changed by combining the search terms with a capital OR: 'Kloster OR Austria' will find all sigla that contain both terms. Results are sorted by relevance.
The default search is in “All fields,” a full text search across the entire inventory of sigla. A combined search (see below) is only possible in this mode.
The fields Name, Library Sigla, City and Country are available in the drop-down menu. Terms that are linked with one of these options are only searched in the selected field.
The following fields are indexed:
City: City or place name
Name: The official name of the institution
Country (in English, according to ISO-3166-2)
URL: Link to the institution's website
Alias: Alternative names of the institution
Reference: See also (usually a different institution)
Series: Variant sigla in RISM publications A/I, B, etc.
Now_in: Siglum for the current holding institution
Note: Comments or notes
Countno: Number of titles in the catalog for RISM A/II, Music Manuscripts
Geo: A map showing the institution's location (in beta; some maps default to the downtown or city center)
Summary: Summary of the collection(s)
Status: In process (ongoing; refers to the processing status of a collection)
Please note that you must enter cities in the local language ("Wien" instead of "Vienna" and "Warszawa" instead of "Warsaw") and, when applicable, with diacritics ("Köln" instead of "Koln" or "Koeln," "Béziers" instead of "Beziers," and "Česky Brod" instead of "Cesky Brod").
In a combined search, any number of fields may be combined by using AND or OR as well as their negative values AND NOT or OR NOT. This only works by searching in “All fields.”
The search 'countno:[10 TO 100] AND country:Germany' will find all sigla from Germany with a title count between 10 and 100.
The search 'name:Archiv AND country:Austria' will find all sigla with the word “Archiv” in the name that are in Austria
The search 'city:London AND NOT country: “United Kingdom”' will find all sigla from cities named London that are not located in the United Kingdom. Be sure to put the phrase in quotation marks.
Please note: In this example, sigla will also be found in which there is no country name given.
The following additional options are available when searching in “All fields.”
A search for '*' will retrieve all sigla.
A search for '* AND NOT country:*' will find all sigla in which no country is given.
Similarly, a search for '* AND countno:* AND country:France' will find all sigla with music manuscripts in the catalog from France.
A fuzzy search is also possible: 'name:university~' will find all sigla with words similar to the word “University” in its official name.