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USD Information Literacy Lessons: Page 20

The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.

Truncation

Another way to broaden your search results is to use a truncation symbol. A truncation symbol tells the database to find words that have the same beginning (prefix and/or stem) regardless of the ending (suffix). For instance, by typing in teach*, the database will interpret the truncation symbol * and retrieve any item that includes variations on the stem teach including teacher, teaching, and teaches.

Different databases use different truncation symbols. Some commonly used truncation symbols are *, ?, +, and !. Academic Search Premier uses the * (asterisk) as its truncation symbol.

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