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This simultaneously searches the full text of documents where available and the editorial summaries for all catalogued publications.
When a search is performed for multiple words, the default search criteria is AND, independent of the order of the words and the parameters of the search is a single page (a search for “faith reason charity” will bring up results if all three words are present on the same page).
It is also possible to search for Exact word or phrase: this option will appear and can be selected whenever a user enters more than one word in the search box.

 Search results are, by default, sorted according to their rank (based on the number of times the search term appears within the text), but can then be ordered according to the date or alphabetically.

The menu on the right reflects the criteria adopted in organizing the publications.


If no search has been performed, the menu lists the categories for all of the catalogued publications.

If a search has been performed, the menu allows the user to filter and further refine the results.



Clicking ‘advanced search’ opens the options to search within:


Full text of a single publication, by entering the title in the search form (which uses the same criteria as those described for the primary search function).

Alphabetical index of titles.

Bibliographical information.

Search by Series, a section with titles grouped by unifying themes defined by the author, based on their content (Il PerCorso), the type of text (booklets for the CDs in the Spirto Gentil collection) or the events that were the source of the texts (Equipes, Quasi Tischreden, Fraternity Exercises).  
By selecting a series and clicking “search,” a user can view the titles, editorial summaries and full text documents of those texts that belong to the series (results are listed in chronological order).
After selecting a series, it is possible to search within the related full text documents by filling in the search form below (results are sorted based on their rank).
This section lists texts where the full text is available, any previous editions may be accessed using the links in the editorial summaries.



Searches performed in a user’s current browsing session are automatically saved in the Recent Activity section and can be consulted until the end of that session, when the browser is closed. 


Registered users can save document summaries of particular interest and view searches performed in previous visits. These can be accessed from one’s homepage by clicking: Hello (name), view your latest searches. Users can select and click on a search in order to update the details.  

Technical specifications

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Why register?

Access to the digital library of Fr. Giussani is free and open to the public; however, some features are reserved for registered users.
Registration is required in order to:

- view the full texts of publications

- view previous searches performed and favorite texts

- save favorite publications

- receive the newsletter.