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How To - Do Basic Searches in WorldCat Discovery


Truncation lets you search for related words that have the same root. Just enter the beginning of the word and add an asterisk (*) after the root.

For example, if we search for comput* and narrow our results to books, we get titles with computer, computers, computational, and computing.



  • Use the pound sign (#) to represent a single character.
  • Use the question mark (?) to represent zero to 9 characters within a term.