Creating Search Statements

Truncation

Since databases can only match exactly what I enter, I may need multiple searches when more than one form of a word is important. An easy way to save time is to use truncation. Truncation simplifies the process by searching for a word and any of its possible endings. I only need to type the root part of the word followed by a symbol (like * or $) as a wildcard. This is a great way to expand my search!

For example, a search for the word treat* would also search for:

treat
treats
treatment
treatments
treating
treater

Remember:
  • Different databases or search engines may use different symbols for truncation. Common symbols include *, $, ? and !. Some databases and search engines will automatically truncate the words entered to look for the plural, "ing" or "ed" endings.
  • Truncation only picks different word endings, not synonyms! For example, treat* not drugs, prescription, or medication.
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