Truncation: allows you to search for variations of a word without having to type each word out. Just type the root word and then add the database's truncation symbol at the end.
|standards OR standardized OR standardization|
Wildcards: allow you to search for terms that have different characters in the middle, rather than at the end of their roots. The wildcard is represented by a question mark ? or a pound sign #.
|For example, typing in wom?n will bring back results for both woman and women.|
For useful results only use wildcards for terms which are variations of the same word.
|Eg., typing b?nd will bring back band, bend, bind, and bond - none of which are related terms.|
This is most important if your results are unsatisfactory. Did you get no, or very few results? It may be that that you need to revise your search strategy: