Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017
Truncation is a technique used when searching for information.
It involves replacing a word ending with a symbol and the most commonly used truncation symbol is the asterisk (*).
Truncation enables different forms of a word to be searched for simultaneously so it can save searching time.
For example stud* will find results containing study, studies, student, students, studying. Because some search engines and databases support different truncation symbols, it is important to check their Help or Search Tips links for details about which symbol to use.
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