- How do I search for materials?
- What should I know about phrasing my searches?
- How can I filter my search results?
- How do I navigate this website?
- How do I request materials?
- Does this website include all the materials of the University of Amsterdam? What if I cannot find what I am looking for?
- Glossary of terms and symbols
- What if I have questions? Where should I go for help
How do I search for materials?
- Begin a basic search by entering your search terms in the search bar. You may limit the search by searchable fields, record type, and date.
- The searchable fields are:
- Keyword: Searches the entire text of the finding aid.
- Title: Searches titles of the materials described, including records, series, and files within collections and archives. If you know the precise title of the material you’re looking for, searching by title can be very helpful.
- Creator: Searches names of the persons, families, and organizations who created the collections or archives.
- Subject: Searches by subject headings assigned to materials by archivists, e.g. "Amsterdam".
- Identifier: Searches by identifier, which is a unique number by which materials are tracked and requested.
- Record types allow you to customize the type of records you want a search to return:
- Limit to collections will only return records for archives (fonds) and collections, rather than people, subjects, series, and files.
- Limit to digital materials will only return records, folders or items that contain digital materials.
- You may select a date range to limit the search results chronologically. Searching by date is approximate, and results may fall outside the date range you enter.
- You may construct a more complex search by selecting the + icon and adding additional search parameters.
What should I know about phrasing my searches?
- Searches are not case sensitive.
- You may search for phrases by including quotation marks (e.g. “Artis Bibliotheek”)
- By default, searches with three or fewer search terms return results containing all of the search terms. Searches with four or more search terms return results containing most of the search terms. You may add OR and NOT to change this behavior (e.g. Stiles OR Morse or art NOT British).
- You may add a tilde (~) to search for search terms within a specified number of words of one another (e.g. “kaarten Azië”~5 will return results where the term "kaarten" occurs within 5 words of the term Azië).
- Wildcard symbols ? and * help return a greater number of relevant results by searching for variant spellings and forms of search terms simultaneously.
- ? replaces a single letter in a search term (e.g. searching M?ller will return both Muller and Miller, and searching Jan? will return both Jans and Janz but not Jansen).
- * replaces any number of letters at the end of a search term (e.g. searching koop* will return koopman, koophandel and koopvaardij).
- ? and * may not be used as the first character of a word.
- To use a wildcard in combination with another search term (e.g. wom?n suffrage), use the + icon to create another row and enter each search term in a separate row.
How can I filter my search results?
- Once your results have been returned, you can use the filter pane on the right side of the page to further limit and customize search results.
- You may use the filter pane to filter by record type, subject, and name.
- You may also use the search bar at the top of the filter pane to create additional searches within the search results.
How do I request materials?
To request materials, please select the “Request” button at the top of the finding aid page and fill out the form.
The materials are only available for examination and must be used within the library. Access to the materials may be (temporarily) restricted, for example when conservation work or digitization is taking place. There are also finding aids available on this website of which the materials can be requested through CataloguePlus. You can find this information in the finding aid.
For consultation a visitors pass or a University library card is required.
Does this website include all the materials of the University of Amsterdam? What if I cannot find what I am looking for?
This website does not include all the collection materials of the University of Amsterdam. Some collections and archives have not been processed yet, and there is therefore no online finding aid available. Please contact us if you want to use unprocessed materials or if you are unable to find a finding aid, but have reason to think we may hold the materials you are looking for.
Other materials of the University of Amsterdam can be found in:
Glossary of terms and symbols
Archives are materials created or received by a person, family, or organization in the conduct of their affairs and preserved because of the enduring value of the information they contain or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator.
Collections are groups of materials assembled by a person, family, organization, or repository. They can be divided hierarchically into series, groupings, and files.
Digital records are born-digital and digitized materials that are available online.
Finding aids allow users to discover, understand, and access the materials. Finding aids describe the creation, arrangement, content, and context of collections and archives. Most finding aids on this website contain descriptions on collection-level (also known as fonds-level). These descriptions give you the most general overview of the collection or archive. You can find this in the Collection Overview. Click Expand all to see the whole collection overview. Some finding aids on this website will also contain a hierarchical structure with item-level descriptions. Click Finding Aid View to scroll through the items.
Name records are the people, families, and organizations that create collections or archives. On this website, users can view name records to see all of the materials created by a person, family, or organization.
Subject records are topics, places, and genres used to describe the context and content of the materials. On this website, users can view a subject record to see all of the collections and archives relating to that topic, place, or genre.
Use the Request button to place a request for the selected material. For more information about requesting material, see the requesting materials section above.
Use the Citation button to generate a formatted citation for the material you are viewing. Citations can be generated at all levels of a finding aid, including at the folder or item level.
Use the PDF Finding Aid button to access a fully formatted PDF of a finding aid.
What if I have questions? Where should I go for help?
If you have questions about a finding aid, please use the Ask a Question button in the upper right corner of the finding aid. Please consult the help page to see if your question has already been answered before asking a question.