Searching the dictionary

Tutorial: Searching the Dictionary of Luxembourgish Authors

The Dictionary of Luxembourgish Authors is a bilingual piece of work (French and German) and is available online, as an application for your smartphone or as an ebook.

On the left side you will find:

  • a quick search by name, pen name, genre, period, location and a full text search
  • an advanced search which allows you to combine data and access points
  • the ability to sign up for our newsletter
  • your favourites

On the right side you can consult new entries or articles that have recently been edited.

Along the top you will see a selection of pictures. A simple click will lead you to the corresponding article if you want to find out more about the author in one particular picture.

In the top menu you will find a link to a section presenting the people working on the dictionary and a FAQ section for most frequently asked questions. At the bottom left of your screen the 'citation/Zitiernachweis' tab explains how to correctly cite an article.

Surname, Name [of the author of the article]: Title of the article, in: [Permalink = url adress] + Date

Example :
Goetzinger, Germaine: Nik Welter, in: + 04.05.2015

Complete example of an article:

An article first displays the name of a particular author followed by its variants and pen names. This section also shows the day of his birth and death as well as a biography, a summary of his work and overarching theme. The article may also contain information about:

  • written pieces of work
  • translations by the author
  • different collaborators (illustrators, co-authors etc.)
  • publications in journals
  • critical studies on the author and his work
  • archives (if relevant)
  • external links (to webpages or the author's blog)
  • literary awards and prizes
  • membership of literary or cultural associations

Full text search

Here you can search by text. If you enter the word 'vert', for example, the search result will also suggest articles that contain the words 'Prévert' or 'Cape-Vert'. If you are using the word 'banana', you will be suggested the book 'rote nelken für herkul grün' [rote nelken für herkul grün - ananas] by Roger Manderscheid.

Advanced search

This allows you to combine different elements in your search. You can organise your search by three main categories:

  • by author
  • by piece of work
  • by literary prize

The 'by author' tab

The search will result in a list of authors which match your criteria. You can combine the following:

  • Work: words in the title
  • Period: from 1983-2015
  • Langague : French, German, Armenian, etc.
  • Genre: graphic novel, comedy, novel, etc.
  • Role: illustrator, translator, composer, etc.
  • Prize: Prix Batty Weber, etc.
  • Journal: Dialogue, Escher Journal, etc.
  • Organisation: Minettsdapp, Gym, etc.
  • Profession: farmer, librarian, biologist, etc.

The 'by document' tab

It is preferable to use this tab if you are looking for a specific document or piece of work. Let's say you are searching for poetry translated into Luxembourgish. In that case your search would look like this:

Role = Translator
Genre = Poetry

In the result list, the name of an author displayed in red letters signifies that an article on that person is available for you to read. However, if the name is in grayed out, you have encountered a foreign author not in the dictionary.

The 'by literary prize' tab

You can either search what prizes a particular author has won or you can see what authors have been awarded a particular literary prize. In the latter case you need to select the prize you are looking for and sort the result list by author, year or piece of work. A title in gray letters means that this piece of work has won the award but has not been published. Red titles are clickable and reveal more information.

You can save author references as well advanced searches under 'favourites'. If you register with an email address we will not send you any mails unless you also sign up for our newsletter which keeps you up-to-date on the dictionary.

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