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Search Databases Like a Pro: Search using Truncation and Wildcards

Truncation and Wildcard Symbols

Techniques that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings.


  • Aterisk (*) for searching word stems
  • example: allerg* returns allergic, allergies, etc...
  • genetic* returns genetic, genetics, genetically
  • child* returns child, childs, children

Wild cards

  • Question Mark (?) for replacing one letter in a word
  • example: m?n returns man and men
  • col?r returns color and colour


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