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Different truncation symbols used in databases  

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
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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