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: