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Research 101: A Self-Guided Tutorial

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5 - Truncation

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Another technique that can improve your results is called truncation. Truncating a word means that you are able to search different forms of the same word at the same time.

Truncation requires the use of symbols, called wildcards, to replace word endings.

The most common symbols are the star, question mark, and hashtag.

Tip! To see what character a particular databases uses for truncation or a wildcard, always refer to the Help option in the database.