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Effective Searching: Truncation or Wildcards

Truncation or Wild cards

Most databases have ways to account for endings of words (truncation) or to substitute for letters (wild cards).  Most databases will use (the asterisk) to be added to the root of the word to account for variations in endings:

manag*   will find management or managing or manager or managers or managed or manages - you get the idea.

Put the asterisk where the letter variation will begin-just don't make the root too small. You don't want to see the results for man* !!

Most will also use to substitute for a letter 



Check the Help on the database you're using to make sure you're using the correct symbol for truncation or letter substitution.  

History Librarian

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Sue Collins
Sue Collins
Senior Librarian
109E Hunt Library
4909 Frew St.
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh PA 15213
Currently Working From Home and working part-time
Subjects: History, Reference