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Try Truncation

Another technique that can improve your search results is called truncation. Truncating a word means that you are able to search different forms of the same word at the same time.

Truncation requires the use of symbols, called wildcards, to replace word endings. The most common symbols are: * ? #

Using Truncation

Shorten the word to its root and add the truncation symbol. This will retrieve all similar, singular, and plural forms of the root word "Vege*". For example, "Vegetable," "Vegetarian," "Vegetation," etc. Truncation can save time and expand your search to include related words.

Replace one letter within a word using the wildcard symbol. For example, "Wom?n" will return "Woman" and "Women".

Using internal truncation can increase your search results to include different forms and spellings of the same word.

Trying to truncate a word too early can retrieve many unrelated and unwanted results.

For example, when trying to search for topics related to “politics” think carefully about where to truncate your search term.

Poli* will return Politics, Political, but also Police, Polio, etc.

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