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CMP-125 (Titus, Spring 2011)

Use Truncation

TRUNCATION is a search technique in electronic databases that allows you to search for multiple endings of root words. 

  • 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