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Encompass Search Trexler Library: Truncation

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Encompass Search uses KEYWORD searching, so your search will locate records with all of your search terms anywhere in the record, and not necessarily in the order you want.

  • To search for a KNOWN TITLE, enter your search in quotes.  This will force Encompass Search to locate the terms together in the order you specify. 
  • You can combine terms using boolean operators like AND, OR, and NOT (be sure to capitalize them!)
  • Once you have run your basic search, use the FILTERS on the left-hand side of the results page to narrow your results by FORMAT, AUTHOR, LANGUAGE, or TOPIC.
  • Use the SUBJECTS hot links found within the item record under the "View Description" drop down. These are Library of Congress SUBJECT headings, and can be used to find additional resources on the same or similar topics, or of a similar GENRE.
  • Use TRUNCATION (i.e., shortening a word to its root or base form using a designated symbol) for words that might have more than one significant form, OR for terms that might have alternative spellings.​​

For more information on Truncation or other Advanced Searching Techniques in Encompass Search see our "Guide to Encompass Search"

Using TRUNCATION

Use TRUNCATION (i.e., shortening a word to its root or base form using a designated symbol) for words that might have more than one significant form, OR for terms that might have alternative spellings.​​

First, type as much of the word that you KNOW is correct.

  • A minimum of three characters must precede any of the following symbols.

Use an asterisk (*) to indicate any number of letters.

  • Add to the end of a word to retrieve variant endings.
  • This kind of search returns records with zero or more characters in place of the truncation symbol.
  • Example: connect* retrieves connect, connection, connectivity, etc.

Use a pound sign (aka hashtag, octothorpe; #) to represent a single character.

  • Replaces one character in a search.
  • Example: wom#n retrieves woman and women

Use a question mark (?) to match missing (zero) or up to nine characters.

  • Replaces 0 to 9 unknown characters in a search term.
  • If ? is followed by a number, it replaces the specified number of unknown characters (?n where n= a number from 1 to 9).
  • Examples: 

    encyclop?dia retrieves encyclopedia and encyclopaedia

    res?4tion retrieves respiration, restoration, reservation, etc.

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