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Biological Sciences: Formulating Search Statements

A Campus Guide for students of the biological sciences.

Truncation

Truncation is another way to widen a search, and pick up alternative forms of a particular word.

 Typing the root word and a symbol (usually *, ?, or #) will bring up anything beginning with that root word. Barry Catalog uses *. 

 Symbols may differ according to the database used.

Diet*   = diet, dietary, dietician, etc.

 Nutri? = nutrition, nutrients, nutritional, nutritionist, etc.

Boolean Operators