Answered By: Mary-Ann Anderson Last Updated: Sep 25, 2018 Views: 140
Truncation is a searching technique used in databases in which a word ending is replaced by a symbol. Frequently used truncation symbols include the asterisk (*), a question mark (?), exclamation marks (!) or a dollar sign ($) which will search alternative endings to a word.
For example, "Austral*" will search for the following words:
Please consult the help menu of the database you are using for information on how they use trunctators.
CheckLIST: Library Information Skills Toolkit: Module 3 Searching for Information covers the basics of searching for information, including choosing the right source, identifying keywords, and employing search techniques.