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Truncation

Truncation is a great tool that will save you some keystokes in your searching.  If you truncate a term, you are adding a symbol, like an asterisk, to the stem of a word so the computer will find that stem plus anything that comes after it.  Look at these two examples. 

 Truncation Example

 Notice the variations.  The symbol used to truncate a word depends upon the library catalog, article database or Web search engine you are using. 

Watch the brief video below for a more detailed description of truncation and how to use it in order to search for information in a database more effectively.