The Patrologia Latina Full-Text Database includes the full 221 volumes of
Jacques-Paul Migne’s Patrologia Latina. This scholarly work, printed originally
in the 1850’s, contains the works of Christian Latin authors from AD 200 to
AD 1216. Later commentaries on these works by other Latin authors has also been
added, but the emphasis of the database is on the original medieval and late
Searching Patrologia Latina
Standard Search (F2) allows you to search for Latin or Greek keywords within
a document, words in a document title, a document author, or by volume. With
Search Options, located in the same box, you can choose to search in either
the medieval (before 1500 AD) or modern eras.
To conduct a search, type your search terms into the appropriate search boxes
or browse in each of the categories by selecting that category with the mouse
and then hitting the Browse button. Within the Browse section, you can
skip ahead by typing the first few letters of your term or by scrolling down
rapidly through the alphabet.
Hint #1: Choose the Select Disc button on the top tool bar (a
CD icon) to choose Disc 1-5 if you know the rough chronology of your search.
The discs are organized chronologically. You can also Select Volume in
the search box to narrow down your search. You can search multiple volumes by
either choosing a range (9-15) or several individual volumes (11, 52, 117) separated
by commas. The complete list of authors organized by volumes is on pages B1-B5
in the full Patrologia Latina manual. This will help make your search much faster.
Hint #2: While the computer is searching for your request, it will give
you the options of Skip Disc, Abandon, and Stop Generation.
Skip Disc stops the search on a given disc and moves on to the next one.
This can speed your search. Abandon quits the search completely. Stop
Generation will stop the search, but show you the Summary of Matches
based on the volumes it already processed.
Summary of Matches
After searching, you will be taken to a Summary of Matches window. (If
you have minimized this window at any point, you can return to it by selecting
View Summary under Windows.)
The Summary of Matches gives you the Volume number, Author, Title, and
Column of Matches. By clicking on them, you can open each text and choose to
either view the full text of that document or View Context surrounding your
Hint #3: Within the full-text documents, several icons occasionally
appear. The page icon signals a footnote in the text at that point; by clicking
on it, the footnote will appear. The camera icon indicates a graphic, which
can also be viewed. Likewise, the lined rectangle denotes a table and the arrow
is a hypertext link to a cross-reference in another document.
Viewing Full Text Without Searches
Go To (F3)
After pressing F3 or the Go To icon on the tool bar, pull down a volume
and column number from the list presented for each disc. By then selecting the
Go To button, you will be taken to the full text of that column and can
scroll back and forth.
Table of Contents (F4)
Printing and Saving ResultsTo print or save a document, highlight a section
of text and press F9 to print it or F10 to save it. F9/F10 will also save or print
an active graphics or table window. However, more large-scale printing is not
permitted due to copyright infringements.
This button on the tool bar allows you to view the contents of each volume.
By clicking on it, you will see the list of volumes for that CD disc. Clicking
the + sign to the left of each volume will show its contents. You can view the
full text of each document by double clicking on it. You can navigate the Table
of Contents with the scroll bar.
For More Information:
Consult the Guide
to the Patrologia Latina Database or the user manual.
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