Using Truncation in Searches


Using Truncation in Searches
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use truncation in searches.
When searching library databases, library catalogs, and Google, you can search more effectively using truncation.
Truncation is simply placement of a wildcard symbol and is used to search variants of a word.
For example, by placing an asterisk, a common truncation symbol, after the word librar* a search engine will retrieve library, librarian, libraries, librarianship and any words that have librar as their root word.
Many of the library databases, as well as Google, use an asterisk for their truncation symbol.
The UAF Library catalog uses the dollar sign as its truncation symbol.
Some databases may use a pound sign.
If truncation isn’t working for you in a specific database, check the database help files to see which symbol is used to truncate words.
In review, use truncation to search for variants of a word root.
The truncation symbol in Google, and many library databases is an asterisk.
The truncation symbol in the UAF library catalog is a dollar sign.
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