Search aid.

This is how to use the various search functions of our archive database.

Search masks

Two search masks are available for specific searches after starting the database. Selections are made by clicking on the button in the left navigation column. The "simple search" enables all fields of the database to be researched after entering the search term(s).

The "advanced search" combines the comprehensive "everywhere" research with the entry of search terms in individual fields. There are brief entry instructions for all fields (key words, persons, year/date, magazine title). Please click on the field name and the information field next to the search field.

We recommend selecting a search word from the available lists. The lists are opened in a window on the right side by clicking on the symbol (A-Z) to the left of the search fields. The number in brackets behind the search term indicates the number of results.

The term is transferred to the research field by clicking on it. To link the fields, please select the AND/OR button at the bottom!

Research methods

The search terms are truncated (abbreviated) by entering a dot <.> (to replace several characters) at the beginning, end or in the middle of the word. This allows word stems and composite words to be searched for. For example feminis. can be entered to find feminist and feminists; .girl. can be entered to find girls' refuge, girls' projects as well as servant girls.

It is easier to search for words with uncertain spelling by entering the wildcard character <?> in the middle of the word (replaces only one character, but can be used as often as desired). For example m??er finds Meier,Meyer, Mayer etc. The two research methods can be combined.

Several search terms can be linked with U=AND or O=OR. If terms are separated by a space, they are automatically linked with AND. Furthermore, the search query time can be limited by entering a date. Unfortunately, it is not possible to research by date intervals. For each search query, there is an additional option of researching only in certain documents by selecting an object type.

Search lists

Key words - the thesaurus contains a list of key words in a systematic and alphabetic view which are assigned 29 different topics according to the FFBIZ archive system. They include, among other things, an overview of the collections under "Stocks, collections" as well as lists of organisations under "Organisations, bodies, associations", "Women's organisations", "Projects, initiatives of the women's liberation movement". Generic terms, sub-terms, synonyms and comments on the key words are displayed in the detailed view. A level with sub-terms is opened by clicking on the "+" character in front of a key word. Clicking on an entry in the list leads directly to the respective documents.

Persons - alphabetic list of the persons included in the object types. We recommend searching through the list due to the different spelling of names, pseudonyms etc.

Film titles - alphabetic list of the titles and subtitles of all the existing films in the FFBIZ

Countries - alphabetic list of all the countries and regions included in the documents and objects

Places - alphabetic lists of towns and other relevant places

Languages - alphabetic list of the languages in which the documents were compiled

Magazine titles – alphabetic list of the titles and sub-titles of all magazines and other periodicals in the FFBIZ

Display of the research results

The search results can be displayed in a standard list or short list. The standard list contains all formal and content-related entries processed in all fields in the FFBIZ. The assigned key words, remarks and references to other documents are displayed.

The short list is restricted to the main information on the documents, depending on the respective object type. It enables a quick overview of the displayed data records. You can obtain detailed information at any time by clicking on the "Standard List" button in the left navigation column to switch to the detailed view.

Sorting the research results

The research results are sorted automatically according to the order of the fields. They can also be sorted by the signature, object type or year.