Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017 Views: 729

Wildcards are symbols which can be used to modify search terms (keywords) when searching for information.

Using wildcards involves replacing a letter or letters within a word with a symbol.

The most commonly used wildcard symbols are the question mark (?) and the hash symbol (#). These wildcards enable different spellings of a word, for example, organi?ation will search for information containing the words, organization or organisation, and behavi#r will search for information containing the words behaviour and behavior.

Because some search engines and databases support different wildcard symbols, it is important to check the Help or Search Tips links for details about which symbol to use.

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