Truncation is used to search for terms with different word-endings.
This is another way of making your search broader, and getting more results.
In Primo Search, and in most databases, including CINAHL, the truncation symbol is the asterisk ( * ).
Example: teach* will search for the words teach, teacher, teachers, teaching etc.
It’s helpful to know if the database you are searching defaults to phrase-searching or keyword-searching. Phrase-searching is more specific than keyword-searching.
Primo Search and most databases (eg EBSCOhost and ProQuest databases) default to keyword-searching.
Example: If you type in lung cancer, you will get results for lung AND cancer. If you wish to search for the phrase <lung cancer>, you need to type in "lung cancer".
Some databases (eg Ovid databases), default to phrase-searching.
Example: If you type in lung cancer, you will get the phrase <lung cancer>. If you wish to search for the keywords lung and cancer, you need to type in lung AND cancer.
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