Answered By: Rebecca Marrall
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2016     Views: 87

Wildcard characters, denoted by a question mark (?) or an asterisk (*) allow users to search for word variations simultaneously. Please see below for examples:

? = The question mark wildcard character allows you to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, the term wom?n will retrieve results such as woman, women, and womyn.

Example of wildcard searching in WWU library catalog.

* = The asterisk character (also called the truncation search strategy) will perform a multiple character search. For example, the search term cultur* will retrieve results such as culture, cultures, cultural, culturally, and so on.

Example of truncation searching in WWU library catalog.

NOTE: OneSearch does not recognize wildcard characters placed at the beginning of a search term. For example, ?aying or *aying will only search for aying, rather than variants of saying.

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