Searching, part 5: Truncation and Wildcard operators
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Describes the use of Truncation and Wildcard Operators, which are used to To facilitate searching for terms with a common initial spelling. Words usually have different endings depending on the part of speech they represent: verb, adverb, adjective, noun, etc. In addition, nouns may be plural or singular. Since most search systems will only retrieve the form of the word specified by the searcher, recognizing the need to account for word endings is a critical matter for effective database searching.