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Truncation, Wild Cards and Other Searching Tips

  • A ? (question mark) or * (asterisk) character placed at the right of any part of a word will truncate the word following the symbol.

    Examples: psyc? will find psycho, psychology, psychological, etc. or comput* will find computer, computing, computation, etc.

  • A # (number) can be used to find variant spellings in cases where one version of the word has one more character than another version.

    Example: colo#r will find both color and colour; and arch#eology will find both archaeology and archeology.

  • An ! (exclamation point) character can be used to find variant spellings in cases where a single character may vary.

    Example: wom!n will retrieve both woman and women.

  • A % (percentage) character, followed by a number, may be placed between two words to indicate that you want the words to appear within a particular distance (number of words) from each other, and you don't care what order the words appear in.

    Example: england %3 ballads will retrieve Ballads of England, Ballads of Merry Olde England and England and Her Ballads.

  • An ! (exclamation point) character, followed by a number, may be placed between two words to indicate that you want the words to appear within a particular distance (number of words) from each other, and in the same order in which you type the words.

    Example: In this case, ballads !3 england will retrieve Ballads of England and Ballads of Merry Olde England but not England and Her Ballads.

  • Boolean operators (and, or, not) may be used for more precise searching.

    Examples: A keyword search for cat not dog will exclude results that contain the word dog in the record; a keyword search for cat and dog will include results that contain both the words cat and dog in the record; and a keyword search for cat or dog will include results that contain either cat or dog or both in the record.