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Search This Wiki Using FreeFind


The PBwiki search which you see in the top right-hand corner of each page is a "substring" search by default - in some cases this may be the kind of search you want, but in other cases you may want to do different kinds of searches. By using the very handy Free Find Search Engine service, you can perform all kinds of searches, including Boolean searching.


For a simple search, just type the term you are looking for into the box below to search the wiki. You can use * as a wildcard (mustel* will return mustela, mustelis, mustelarum, etc.). You can also put quotations around a phrase in order to search for that exact phrase (e.g., "group 129"). For Boolean searches, you can use AND, OR, NOT (just make sure they are in capital letters). For more options, check the Advanced Search, along with the Search Tips listed below.



Search Tips


   1. phrase search

      The search engine supports three types of phrase search.

          * To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase

            Example: "carpe diem"

          * To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words]

            Example: [tempora mores]

          * To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words }

            Example: {Fortuna nulli}


   2. + and - qualifiers

      If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.

      If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.

      Example: +always -never


   3. * wildcard

      If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match.

      Example: amic*


   4. ? wildcard

      If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.

      Example: amic?s


   5. boolean search

      You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters.

      Example: (Venus OR Vener*) AND NOT (venerat* OR venerit)


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