Truncation allows you to search for a root form of a word and pick up any ending.
Sometimes words have different spellings, or you may need different forms of the word, such as singular and plural forms and different suffixes. By truncating a word, you will broaden your search and ensure that you retrieve all items containing a form of the word.
Here is a chart showing some possible truncation symbols, which may vary by database. Consult the database’s “help” or “search tips” pages for details.
|Operator||What it Finds||Example Search||Results|
|*||Unlimited number of letters||Child*||Children, Child, Childhood, etc.|
|?||1 letter for every ?||Buck??||Bucked, Buckle|
You can also use truncations symbols in the middle of words to pull up variations on that word:
Wom?n=women, woman, womyn