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Many search engines allow for truncation of keywords.  Truncation is the shortening of a search term by using a symbol so that all variants of that search term are retrieved.  For example, searching for hous* will bring up results that include house, houseful, houses, housing, etc.). Different search engines use different truncation symbols. Many use the asterisk, *, and others may use the question mark, ?, as the truncation symbol.

Marilyn Dow

Director, School of Dentistry Library
Dental School Library

dowmk@udmercy.edu
313-494-6905

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