Truncation can be used with root words that have multiple endings. It can help to increase your search results.
Truncation uses symbols (or wildcards) to replace letters in words. Different databases use different symbols. The most common are:
- * (asterisk)
- ? (question mark)
- # (pound sign)
EBSCO databases use *(asterisk)
Example: communicat* would retrieve records that include the words: communication, communicates, communicate, communicator, etc.
Nesting is another way to refine your search by combining Boolean operators. Place parenthesis around the terms that are grouped with OR or NOT.
"student success" AND (employment OR job*)
technology AND (assessment OR evaluation)
- Avoid empty words like relationship, impact, effect, results
- For best results, combine strategies: