Use wildcards and truncation in Quick and Expert searches to help make your queries more specific.
Use a question mark (?) to replace a single character anywhere in a word. Use one question mark for each character that you want to replace.
S?itha finds Smitha, Switha
Use an asterisk (*) to replace 0 to x number of characters anywhere in a word.
The asterisk (*) must be used in conjunction with search term(s) in order to create boundaries for the Quick and Expert search queries. Any search queries containing only an asterisk with no search term(s) will result in an error. For example, * wn AB results in an error.
Title field in Quick search:
t*th finds tooth, teeth, truth, tenth, tragacanth, therewith, toolpath
ABSTRACT field in Expert search:
ALL field in Expert search:
he*p wn ALL finds help, hemp, heap
The truncation command retrieves all the words that start with the same letters as the truncated term, up to the point that the truncation symbol is used.
The left truncation command retrieves all terms ending with the same letters as the truncated term.
To avoid unexpected results, use truncation with care.
Use a dollar sign ($) to search for the various forms of a word in Quick and Expert searches. See Autostemming for more details.
Using truncation or wildcards turns off the autostemming feature. If you want your results stemmed when using truncation or wildcards, use the $ to manually stem each search term.
|Note||Using truncation and wildcards within quotation marks or braces or with the NEAR or ONEAR proximity/near operators will not provide consistent search results.|
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