Truncation is a technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings. Using the asterisk * in your search minimizes the number of keywords you have to type. To use truncation, enter the root of a word and put the truncation symbol at the end.
elect* = election, electoral, elections
econ* = economy, economic, economics, econometric, economique
politi* = politics, political, politician, politique, politische
The most commonly used truncation symbol is an asterisk (*).
Wildcards are similar to truncation, but substitute a symbol for just one character.
wom?n = woman, women
democrati?ation = democratisation, democratization
defen?e = defence, defense
19?? = any number between 1900 and 1999
The most commonly used single wildcard symbol is a question mark.
If in doubt, check the help screens of the database you're using.