Truncation is a special symbol used in a search word that acts like a wildcard.

  • Added to the stem of a word, it will find that stem plus anything that comes after it.
  • Used inside a word (e.g. wom?n) truncation symbol will usually substitute for a single character.
wom?n will return records on women or woman
environ* will return records on environment, environments, environmental.
generally, * is used at the beginning or end of a word and ? is used inside words. Usually a quick look at the 'help' feature in a given database will explain any deviation from this convention.