Truncation is used to search for alternate word endings in a database. Usually its done by placing an asterisk (*) where you consider the end of the word's root to be. But be careful! If you put the asterisk too soon in the word, you'll get too many irrelevant words in your search results. For example:
Adding quotation marks will help you find phrases in a database.
Searching for "surface mining" will find results where 'surface' and 'mining' appear right beside each other.
Searching for just surface mining will find any result where both of those words appear but not necessarily side by side.
Pro Tip: Use all 3 methods together!
geol* engineering AND "surface mining"
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