Library:Searching in databases/Typing Shortcuts
Truncation: allows you to search for variations of a word without having to type each word out. Just type the root word and then add the database's truncation symbol at the end.
- Note, there is no universal truncation symbol - but most databases use * If you are unsure click the database's help link and look through the menu for truncation.
|standards OR standardized OR standardization|
- make sure to use a long enough root before adding the truncation symbol -
- man* will bring back results containing: mankind, manager, manuscript, manifold and every other word which begins with "MAN."
Wildcards: allow you to search for terms that have different characters in the middle, rather than at the end of their roots.
|For example, typing in wom*n will bring back results for both woman and women.|
For useful results only use wildcards for terms which are variations of the same word.
|Eg., typing b*nd will bring back band, bend, bind, and bond - none of which are related terms.|