Patrologia Latina Database allows you to search text containing variations on a search term by using
the * (asterisk) or ? (question mark) wildcard characters.
Truncation searching allows you to retrieve documents containing variations on a search term. The * character can represent one or more characters in a search term. To execute a truncation search, type the first few letters (stem) of the keyword followed by an asterisk (*). When executing a phrase truncation search, you can truncate any word in the phrase.
Single character wildcard
The ? character represents a single character in a search term. You can use the ? character to represent a single character anywhere in your word or phrase.
Will retrieve entries for all documents containing the words: creature, creation, create, creating, creator, etc.
made in he*
Will retrieve matches for all documents containing the phrases: made in heaven, made in hell, made in her, etc.
Will retrieve matches for all documents containing the words woman or women.