Help

This short help suggests different ways to use our new online catalogue AlKindi 4, starting with practical exemples.

Please, note that the names of the authors are not systematically romanised, but only those of whom the library holds works in the Latin alphabet. If you cannot find an author, please launch a new search in Arabic script. IDEO has its own romanisation system, based on DIN 31635. If you cannot find the Library of Congress forms “Ibn al-Sarrāj” or “Ibn Khaldūn”, try the IDEO forms “Ibn al-Sarrāǧ” and “Ibn Ḫaldūn”.

IDEO's system: ʾ ā b t ṯ ǧ ḥ ḫ d ḏ r z s š ṣ ḍ ṭ ẓ ʿ ġ f q k l m n h w/ū y/ī

Congress' system: ʼ ā b t th j ḥ kh d dh r z s sh ṣ ḍ ṭ ẓ ʻ ġ f q k l m n h w/ū y/ī

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The search on “All the catalog” is primarily intended for monographs, not for periodical articles nor conference papers. If you cannot find the document you are looking for, maybe it is an article. Try another search method.

I am looking for a book by Ibn al-Sarrāǧ which title I forgot

I launch a search on the author’s name (Simple search on “People and organisations” with the word “السراج”, or “al-Sarrāj”, or “al-Sarrāǧ”). I see that there are a few authors named “ابن السراج / Ibn al-Sarrāǧ”. I recognise the one I am looking for by his death date: 928/316. By clicking on his name I open his record. On the right side of the screen, under “Production”, I see that he authored 4 works. By cliking on this link I see the four titles, including the one I am looking for: الأصول في النحو.

I am looking for English translations of books by Avicenna

I launch a search on the author’s name (Simple search on “People and organisations” with the word “ابن سينا”, or “Avicenna”, or “Ibn Sīnā”). By clicking on his Publications by I open the list of all the records where he is the author. I can refine my search by using the filters and select to display only the records which language is English.

I am looking for a book on medicine by Avicenna

The search is a bit vague. Here are five possible search methods…

  1. A Simple search by “People and organisations” on the author Ibn Sīnā (or Avicenna) will bring more than 200 works attributed to Avicenna in the catalogue…
  2. I can launch a Simple search on “All the catalog” with the words “Avicenna medicine”. I will get 4 results: the documents in the catalogue which full record contains both the words “Avicenna” and “medicine”. All the results will be in English, either books by Avicenna or books about him, and the word “medicine” will appear somewhere in the record. However, results in other languages will not appear, neither will the records that contain the word “medical” instead of “medicine”. (A simple search on “All the catalog” with the words “Avicenna medical” brings 3 more results.)
  3. It would be wiser to launch a Simple search on “Title” with the word “medicine” (in order to search books in English) or with the word “الطب” (for books in Arabic) and then to use the filters in order to limit the creators to the only “Avicenna” (or “ابن سينا”).
  4. An Advanced search with two criteria will be similarly efficient: I chose as first criterium “Peoples and organisations” the word “Avicenna”, and I check only the boxes “People” and “Creators”; and I chose “Subject” as second criterium, with the word “medicine”, and I check the box “English”. I get 433 results…
  5. Lastly, I can browse the classification by following the link on the home page. I will find section 9-609, devoted to Avicenna, and section 9-764/5, devoted to pharmacy and medicine. Other sections can be of some interest, as indicated by an Advanced search done on the single criterium of “Subject”, with the word “medicine” (en English). I discover two other potentially interesting sections: 9-768/G and 9-764/6.

I am looking for the editions of Averroes’ Tahāfut al-tahāfut

I launch a Simple search on “All the catalog” with the words “تهافت التهافت رشد”. I find the monograph which call number is 9-611/41-9, thanks to its icon. The other results with the same title are articles or conference papers. At the right side of the screen, I see that the library holds 5 different editions and 2 translations of this work. In order to see the details, I click on the arrows at the right side: a panel opens, containing the editorial history of this work.

I can then clik on the title of the work, at the top of the panel that just opened. The record of the work opens with, on the right side, the editions and translations, and below, the relationships between this work and other works: I check that it is a critique of al-Ġazālī’s تهافت الفلاسفة.

I am looking for the commentaries of Ibn Ḫaldūn’s Muqaddima

I launch a Simple search on “People and organisations” with the words “Ibn Khaldun” (or “Ibn Ḫaldūn”). He his the author of 24 works, including المقدمة. At the right bottom of the record of this work, I see that there are 42 relationships with other works, including 2 commentaries, 3 descriptions, 2 evaluations, and 3 partial commentaries. In addition to these, the library holds 13 studies (“analyses”) on this work.