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Information Literacy: Truncation & Phrase Searching

Information Literacy




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

Politic* will retrieve

·     politic

·     politics

·     political

·     politicians


Phrase Searching

  Phrase Searching

* A good idea is to use quotes around the words to be searched,.  For example:"hearing aid"  or hearing aid*"

Some databases automatically search for phrases or adjacent words. Some databases do not have this capability. Check the database Help screens for details. For example:

Keyword search: hearing aids

A database with phrase searching would yield: 

      Hearing aids for the elderly

A database without phrase searching could yield:      AIDS  and teenagers      hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.