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Module Two

WILDCARDS AND TRUNCATION

Symbols used as wildcards and for truncation are another timesaver. Rather than enter in every form of a word, add a truncation symbol to the stem, or trunk, of the word. For example:

Use psycholog* to search for: psychology psychologist psychologists psychological

Symbols known as wildcards may also be used within a word to replace a single character. For example:

Use wom?n to search for both woman and women

These symbols vary among databases. Below are the wildcards and truncation symbols used by some of the popular databases. Check the database search tips, if you are not sure which to use.

Database Wildcard Symbol Truncation Symbol
eCatalog ? - wildcard - substitutes for a missing character $ - use for truncation
ProQuest ? - wildcard - substitutes for a missing character * - use for truncation
EBSCOhost ? - wildcard - substitutes for a missing character * - use for truncation
Gale Virtual Reference Library ? - wildcard - substitutes for a missing character * - use for truncation
Credo Reference ? - wildcard - substitutes for a missing character * - use for truncation
LexisNexis * - wildcard - substitutes for a missing character ! - use for truncation
JSTOR Business Collection ? - wildcard - substitutes for a missing character # - use for truncation
Google does not support wildcard searching or truncation

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