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Searching Tips & Strategies

Easy steps to search like a pro. Learn these and safe yourself time and energy--and get better results!

Truncation (*)

TRUNCATION is a search technique in electronic databases that allows you to search for multiple endings of root words. This helps you get more results.

  • The * (asterisk) is the truncation symbol for most databases.
  • The truncation symbol for the Library Catalog is the ? (question mark) 
  •  In LexisNexis it is the ! (exclamation point)

 

EXAMPLE:  femini*  

 

The following words will be searched for: 

feminist, feminism, feminists, feminine, feminize

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