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Patrologia Latina Database allows you to search text containing variations on a search term by using the * (asterisk) or ? (question mark) wildcard characters.

Truncation

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.

Examples
  • creat*

  • 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.
  • wom?n

  • Will retrieve matches for all documents containing the words woman or women.

     

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