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Truncation: A symbol at the end of a word to retrieve all variations. For example
diet* searches for diet, diets, dietary and dietitian.
The most commonly used truncation symbol is * (asterisk).
Phrase searching: When a phrase is enclosed by double quotation marks, the exact phrase is searched e.g.
project integration management
Proximity searching: Allows you to specify where your search terms will appear in relation to each other. The closer your search terms appear to each other, the closer the relationship of those terms.
The proximity command varies with each database, examples include:
pain w/10 morphinewill search for the words pain and morphine within "10" words of each other
project N/5 successwill search for the words project and success within "5" words of each other
tax near reformwill search for the words tax and reform close to each other - usually within the same sentence
animal adj5 behaviourwill search for the words animal and behaviour within "5" words of each other