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You can access the data in SIUSA, in the thematic paths and in the Projects joining SIUSA using the following paths:
  • simple search, allows you to search the data without any condition put in advance;
  • guided search, a pre-set path intended for the general user with scarce knowledge of the instrument and of the topic;
  • advanced search, for those who exactly know what they are looking for.
With the function Search also in the Projects, in the guided search and in the advanced search it is possible to extend the search to one of the Projects joining SIUSA or more.
This function is not allowed in Thematic Paths and in Projects joining SIUSA.

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In general
For all the types of search the data are given in a list of twenty. To move through the results it is possible:

to move through the pages
or
to refine results giving the first letters of the name of the file you want to access (id est Comune, Stato civile, congregazione etc.).

It is possible to refine all the results both by consulting or by advanced search.

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Date
The date is given as an interval of dates (first and last date). When allowed, you have two possibilities of search by date:
  • record with date crossing the given interval;
  • record with date including the give interval.
In the first case, choosing an interval to search, you’ll find all the records with a date fitting (even for a single year).
For example, if you are looking for records 1600-1650, you’ll find records with a date 1150–1600 but 1640-XX century too etc.. You’ll not find records with the last date preceding the first date of the search or the first date following the last date of research, such as 1652–XX century or 1150-1590.

In the second case, choosing an interval to search, you’ll find all the records with the initial date before the first date of the search and final date after the last date of the search. For example, looking for records with interval 1600-1650, you’ll find records with date 1500-1700, or 1400-1650, but you’ll not find records with date 1400-1500 or 1630-1800 or 1700-1800.

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Simple search
Putting one or more terms in the dedicated field, that the system will read as a string, the search will start in the field of following records:
  • fonds: name, other names, content, archival history;
  • custodians: name (or last name if it is a person), other names, historical informations;
  • creators: name (or last name if it is a person), other names, description.
The string could be in different position in the text, for instance, looking for Comune di Belcampo, the system will give the records containing this word, such as Comune di Belcampo as well as Stato civile del Comune di Belcampo, etc.
It is possible also to use a jolly character (*) for all the sequences of letters, to search all the parts of the text fitting with a particular structure. For instance, searching *co*rocca means that the searched string must have the string co, preceded and followed by any kind of letters, but the searched string must contain rocca too. Among the results there are:

Comunanza agraria di Roccaporena di Cascia
Comune di Roccasecca dei Volsci
Congregazione del Ss. Rosario di Roccascalegna

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Guided Search
It is possible to reach the Guided Search Area from the menu above. Using the menu on your left you can go to three different macro-areas:
  • archives;
  • creators;
  • custodians.
Each one of these macro-areas is specified in the following types of information:

Archives:
  • Index of fonds allows you to have access to the full list of the fonds and collections;
  • Index of all the fonds makes it possible a guided search through all the fonds, series and subseries in the system;
  • Finding aids;
  • Type of documents .
Creators:
  • Corporate bodies and institutions;
  • Families;
  • Persons;
  • Historical administative context;
  • Institutional Profiles;
  • Territories.
Custodians:
  • General index;
  • Region;
  • Type
Archives
Choosing the first option (Index of fonds), the system gives you the alphabetical list of fonds, archives and collections; choosing the second one (Index of all the fonds), the system gives you all the unit records. The system allows to refine the results using the following fields:
  • Name it will be searched both in the field Name and in Other Names, that is name of local use or of a certain point in the time;
  • Type of custodian: it allows to focus the search according to categories such as: state; region; territorial public body; functional territorial body; economic body/enterprise; bank, insurance company, social security institutions; charities; sanitary institution; educational institution; cultural, recreational, sport and tourist agencies; political parties, trade unions; professional associations, trade association; Catholic Church bodies and associations; bodies and association of non catholic religions; persons, families.
  • Region of the custodian: (controlled vocabulary);
  • Type of creator: (corporate bodies, family, persons). If you select corporate body, the field Type of corporate body allows you to focus the search according to categories as: pre-unitary, state, region, territorial public body, functional territorial body; economic body /enterprise; bank; insurance company; social security institutions; charities, sanitary institution; educational institution; cultural, recreational, sport and tourist agencies¸ political parties; trade unions; professional associations; trade association; Catholic Church bodies and associations; bodies and association of non catholic religions; families; persons.
  • First and last date: see Date.
Creators
Creators include the following search options:
  • Corporate bodies;
  • Families;
  • Persons.
Choosing the first option the system gives you the alphabetical list of Corporate bodies; choosing the second option the system gives you the alphabetical list of Families; choosing the third option the system gives you the alphabetical list of Persons

It is possible to refine the results through specific field according to the type.
In Corporate bodies you find the following fields:
  • Name: the name is searched both as official name and as other names of limited use (chronological or local);
  • Heading: it is intended as a string of different words in order to identify unequivocally the required item in the description;
  • Seat: the location of the corporate body;
  • First and last date: see Date;
  • Type of creator: it allows to focus the search according to categories such as: pre-unity; state; region; territorial public body; functional territorial body; economic body/enterprise; bank, insurance company, social security institutions; charities; sanitary institution; educational institution; cultural, recreational, sport and tourist agencies; political parties, trade unions; professional associations, trade association; Catholic Church bodies and associations; bodies and associations of non catholic religions;
  • Legal position: public, private, religious;
  • Territory: it allows to identify the area where creator performed its activities;
  • Institutional profile: it allows to search the creator according a certain profile, idest the post-unitary time municipalities, public charities etc; for the Church bodies, diocese or parish Church; for the local public administrations in pre-unitary States, “Universitates” in the Kingdom of Naples or Commune in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, etc.;
  • Historical administrative context: it allows to identify the context in which the creator preformed its activities.
In Families you find the following fields:
  • Name: the name is searched both as official name and as other names of limited use (chronological or local);
  • Heading: it is intended as a string of different words in order to identify unequivocally the required item in the description;
  • Place: the place where the family has its seat;
  • First and last date: see Date.
In Persons you find the following fields:
  • Name;
  • Last name;
  • Heading;
  • Male/female;
  • Patronymic;
  • Nickname;
  • Origin;
  • Occupation;
  • Birth place;
  • Death place;
  • Date of birth with the option “between…and”;
  • Date of death with the option “between…and”;.
The search in the context record (Institutional profiles; Historical administrative context; Territories) gives you alphabetical lists containing the Name.
For each one of the mentioned records it is possible to refine the search thanks to the field “Name”.

Custodian
Custodian include the following search option:
  • General index;
  • Region;
  • Type.
Choosing the first option (General index), the system gives you the alphabetical list of all custodian; choosing the second option (Region), the system gives you the alphabetical list of the custodian within the selected regional area; choosing the third option (Type), the system gives you the alphabetical list of the custodian according to selected type .

It is possible to refine search using: name; region; province; city/town; type; history.
  • Name: the name is searched both as official name and as other names of limited use (chronological or local);
  • Region: the region where the custodian is located;
  • Province: the province where the custodian is located;
  • City/Town: the city where the custodian is located;
  • Type: allows you to focus the search according to categories as: state, region, territorial public body, functional territorial body; economic body /enterprise; bank; insurance company; social security institutions; charities, sanitary institution; educational institution; cultural, recreational, sport and tourist agencies¸ political parties; trade unions; professional associations; trade association; Catholic Church bodies and associations; bodies and associations of non catholic religions; families; persons.
  • History: it is possible to insert in this field a word or a string of words; it is possible also to use a jolly character (*) for all the sequence of letters, to search all the parts of the text fitting with a particular structure. For instance, searching *co*rocca means that the searched string must have the string co, preceded and followed by any kind of letters, but the searched string must end with rocca.
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Advanced Search
The system allows advanced search for some record:
  • Fonds;
  • Creators;
  • Custodians.
For each one it is possible to insert conditions for the search.

Fonds:
  • Name: the name is searched both as official name and as other names of limited use (chronological or local);
  • Type of fonds: it is possible to select in the same time more then one item of the vocabulary (multiplo selection);
  • Archival History;
  • Content;
  • First and last date: see Date.
It is possible to insert in these fields (Content end Archival History) a word or a string of words; it is possible also to use a jolly character (*) for all the sequence of letters, to search all the parts of the text fitting with a particular structure. For instance, searching *co*rocca means that the searched string must have the string co, preceded and followed by any kind of letters, but the searched string must end with rocca.

Custodians:
  • Type of custodian: field with controlled vocabulary in which you can choose one of the following items: state, region, territorial public body, functional territorial body; economic body /enterprise; bank; insurance company; social security institutions; charities, sanitary institution; educational institution; cultural, recreational, sport and tourist agencies¸ political parties; trade unions; professional associations; trade association; Chatolic Churc bodies and association; bodies and association of non catholics religions; families; persons;
  • Name and other names;
  • Region: field with vocabulary;
  • Province: field with vocabulary;
  • City/Town: the city were the custodian is located
  • History: it is possible to insert in this field a word or a string of words; it is possible also to use a jolly character (*) for all the sequence of letters, to search all the parts of the text fitting with a particular structure. For instance, searching *co*rocca means that the searched string must have the string co, preceded and followed by any kind of letters, but the searched string must end with rocca.
Creators:
  • Type of creator (corporate bodies, families, persons). If you don’t make a selection, the system searches all the records; if you select corporate body, the field Type of corporate bodies allows you to focus the search according to categories as: pre-unitary, state, region, territorial public body, functional territorial body; economic body /enterprise; bank; insurance company; social security institutions; charities, sanitary institution; educational institution; cultural, recreational, sport and tourist agencies¸ political parties; trade unions; professional associations; trade association; Catholic Church bodies and associations; bodies and association of non catholic religions;
  • Name/last name;
  • Heading;
  • Seat/place: the location of the body or the place where the family or the person has its seat;
  • Description: It is possible to insert in this field a word or a string of words; it is possible also to use a jolly character for all the sequence of letters, to search all the parts of the text fitting with a particular structure. For instance, searching *co*rocca means that the searched string must have the string co, preceded and followed by any kind of letters, but the searched string must end with rocca;
  • First date and/or last date: see Date.
The system can match different search options for the existing records.
The user can also choose the type of list for the results. It is possible to select only one list each time.


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On line inventories
SIUSA allows you to search existing on line inventories. Choosing this path you’ll have all the description of the inventories existing in the system o available in other web sites.

For any item is possible:
to access the site outside SIUSA with the description of the inventory;
to access the inventory in the system.

The list of results can be refined using the following entries:
  • title;
  • type of inventory: (controlled vocabulary);
  • Region of the custodian: (controlled vocabulary);
  • Type of creator: corporate bodies, families or persons. If you select body, the field Type of body allows you to focus the search according to categories as: pre-unitary, state, region, territorial public body, functional territorial body; economic body /enterprise; bank; insurance company; social security institutions; charities, sanitary institution; educational institution; cultural, recreational, sport and tourist agencies¸ political parties; trade unions; professional associations; trade association; Catholic Church bodies and associations; bodies and associations of non catholic religions; families; persons;
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