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Truncation

Truncation is like a wildcard. Added to the stem of a word, it will find that stem plus anything that comes after it. The symbol used to truncate a word depends upon the index, database, or Web search engine you are using. It is usually an asterisk * or a question mark ?

psychol* will return records on psychology, psychological, psychologist.
* is used as the truncation symbol, for example, in ProQuest and LIBROS.
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