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Tutorial: Doing Research on the Internet - Pt. 9

Field Searching and Wildcard / Truncation Searching

Field searching specifies that only a certain part of a page or file will be searched.

    • Examples: title:democratic party (note: Google and Teoma both use "intitle:democratic party").

Wildcard, or truncation, searching expands results by allowing any letter (or letters) to subtitute for the wildcard or truncation character.

    • Example: " econom*" will retrieve econometrics, economic, economics, economically, economist, economists, etc.

Beware of truncating a work too far:

    • Example: "paral*" will retrieve "paralyze" and "paralysis" but it will also find "paralegal" and "parallel"!

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