|Searching For Word Variations|
database search systems allow for wildcards and truncation.
These symbols allow you to search on:
the singular and plural forms of a word
that begin with the same word stem
that can be spelled in different ways
is especially important to your search strategy as most of the
databases you have access to are American and use American spelling.
Allowing for word variations will return a larger result, as well as
increase your search efficiency.
use truncation to find word variations
allerg* to find
wildcards to find alternate spelling
p?ediatric to find
truncation to find plurals
infant* to find
Truncation and wildcard symbols vary between databases. Check
the online Help to find which symbols apply to the database you are