Search for documents

How to search for documents

The CoDiSV search engine allows:

  • Access the whole document archive;
  • Identify single documents or subsets of documents through the application of specific combined research criteria;
  • Consult descriptive sheets for each document;
  • See the digital reproductions of the documents.

All the documents published on the CoDiSV website are freely accessible for scientific purposes or for teaching. The diffusion of data and parts of documents is only allowed under agreement with the scientific coordinator of the project (, providing clear indication of the source (CoDiSV project).

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Search modes:

The search for documents may be carried out using various parameters. It is possible to combine different search criteria, in order to restrict the number of documents that are visualised according to the interests of the visitor.

AUTHOR: the pull-down menu allows the identification of the authors of each text (students and teachers). The authors who have not given consent to publish their personal data appear as "anonymous". Where it has not been possible to retrieve the name of the author of the document, the author is indicated as N.I. (not identified). For both anonymous and not identified authors an identification code is used, which allows an unambiguous attribution of the different documents within the archive.

MUNICIPALITY: the pull-down menu includes all 74 municipalities of the Aosta Valley. The exercise books originating from other regions appear with a more general reference to the area of origin (e.g. "Piemonte"); in cases in which it has not been possible to attribute a certain origin N.I. appears (not identified).

TYPE: the pull-down menu allows the selection of the type of document searched for, amongst those present in the archive (exercise book, register, teacher certificate, student diploma, etc.).

CONTENT: the pull-down menu offers the opportunity to identify exercise books dedicated to specific subjects (mathematics, Italian, French, bookkeeping, etc.). The exercise books which include more than one subject are in the "miscellaneous" category.

CLASS: the pull-down menu allows the user to search for one or more classes. The exercise books for which it has not been possible to identify a certain school level are classified as N.I. (not identified)

INTERVENTIONS: the pull-down menu allows the selection of exercise books in which teacher's marking and corrections are present.

YEAR: research "by date" allows the free research for any required document. If it is necessary to search for a single year, the same date must be entered in the two fields. By typing a year in the first field only, all the documents of the archive ranging from that year onwards will be presented. The documents that do not have a date are attributed to a hypothetical period on the basis of internal and external information (cover, ruling of the sheets, author biography, etc.) and bear the indication "estimated date".

Visualisation of results

Once the search is complete, a summary of the results that have been found is displayed. The results appear on-screen in chronological ascending order (from the oldest to the most recent). By selecting a document of interest it is possible to access its information sheet, which includes a physical and semantic description, comprehensive of detailed information on contents and supporting paper.

From the information sheet it is possible to access the digital reproduction of the selected document by clicking on the "visualise document" button.

The arrows indicate the turning over of the pages of documents which have more than one page.