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From the Search page, you can use the Volume field to search for all documents within a particular volume, range of volumes or selection of volumes. There are 221 volumes in the Patrologia Latina Database, including four containing indices (218-221). Since the volumes of Migne's printed edition progress chronologically (from the 2nd/3rd century to the 13th century AD), searching by volume also allows you to search by a particular period.

There are two ways in which search terms can be entered into the Volume field. You can:

When searching in the Volume field, you can use truncation to retrieve documents contained in sequences of volumes.

This search would retrieve all documents in volume 8 as well as all documents in volumes 80 to 89. To further restrict the search to the volume sequence 80 to 89, the NOT operator can be used.

If you choose to search on more than one volume number, you can also combine them using Boolean searching.

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