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INSPEC and COMPENDEX Guide: Truncation

INSPEC covers physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, robotics, and information technology. COMPENDEX comprehensively covers the broad subject areas of engineering and applied science.

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Use these tips and strategies to help you search INSPEC & COMPENDEX.


The asterisk (*) is the right-hand truncation symbol.

The truncation command retrieves all the words that start with the same letters as the truncated term, up to the point that the truncation symbol is used.

For example:
comput* returns computer, computerized, computation, computational, computability, etc.


Truncation cannot be used within quotation marks or braces. See Exact Phrase Searching section.

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