Proximity searching allows you to:
- combine search terms using the two proximity operators NEAR
and FOLLOWED BY (FBY). Enter the required terms separated by the
proximity operator you wish to use.
- search for a precise term using the EXACT operator. Enter EXACT
"search term" into the relevant search box.
You can specify the maximum number of words you want to allow between
the terms by entering a full stop followed by the required number
after the operator, for example; near.4. When executing
a phrase proximity search, the Patrologia Latina
counts the number of words between the first word of the first phrase
and the first word of the second phrase.
Note: If no maximum is set, the software will
retrieve all records where the terms entered are within ten words
of each other.
The NEAR operator enables you to search for terms situated within
a specified distance of each other, and in any order. For example:
The FOLLOWED BY operator enables you to search for terms situated
within a specified distance of each other, and in the specified
Note: The FOLLOWED BY operator can be entered
either in full or in its shortened form FBY. For example:
The EXACT operator enables you to search for a precise term. If
you precede your search term with EXACT, hits will be retrieved
for that term only, and not for any variations on that term. For example: