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Different truncation symbols used in databases  
 
Truncation

Truncation allows you to insert a symbol after the first part of a word (or stem) to find alternate spellings of the word. Databases use a variety of symbols for truncation. You will need to check the database help file to identify the truncation symbol used in each database.

Commonly used symbols
*
?
$
asterisk
question mark
dollar sign


Search examples using * as the truncation symbol


environment* will find environment, environmental
market* will find market, markets, marketing
advertis* will find advertise, advertising, advertisements
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