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Truncation

Truncation is like a wildcard. Added to the stem of a word, it will find that stem plus anything that comes after it. The symbol used to truncate a word depends upon the database, online catalog, or Web search engine you are using.  The most common truncation symbols are: * ? !

 

psychol* will return records with the words: psychology, psychological, psychologist.

*
is the truncation symbol used in our library catalog
 
environ? will return records with the words: environment, environments, environmental.
 
? is a truncation symbol used in some other article databases and search engines
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