Truncation and wildcards
Here are a couple of hints that will help you improve your searches and save you time!
You can truncate a word using a truncation symbol – often an asterisk * or exclamation mark !. This will find all different endings of a word and saves you having to type in plurals, words ending in ‘ing’ and so on.
Comput* will find compute, computer, computing, computed, computerised...
Manage! will find manage, manager, managed, manageable...
Be careful you don’t use truncation too early though:
Comp* will find computer, computing etc but will also find competition, comprehensive, complicated and many more!
You can also search for different letters within a word to take account of different spellings - the symbol is often ! or ?.
Wom?n will find woman and women;
Colo!r will find color and colour.
Many electronic resources give you guidance on which wildcard symbol to use.
Have a look at the Help links or Search tips provided by each resource for more information.
Try the keywords quiz to test your knowledge (see below).
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