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General Library Research Tutorial

Fundamental concepts and vocabulary used in library and information research.

D. Truncation


Truncation allows you to search for a root form of a word and pick up any ending.

Politic* will retrieve

·     politic

·     politics

·     political

·     politicians

PILOT uses ? for a truncation symbol, but most other databases use * for truncation. Check the 'Help' feature in each database to learn more.


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