Using Wildcards in your search

IntelliConnect’s Wildcard feature makes searching a whole lot easier on those occasions when you are not sure about the exact spelling of a keyword.

Wildcards allow you to retrieve various words by using the same root (or other common characters) without having to type each possibility as a separate keyword. You can use Wildcards or other related universal characters to indicate where the system can substitute any character.

Asterisk Wildcard

You can use the asterisk (*) to indicate that any number of characters can be substituted in its place.

For example, depreciat* retrieves depreciate, depreciating, depreciation, etc.

Note: The bold, italicised text in the previous example shows the location where characters were substituted for the asterisk in your search term.

Question Mark Wildcard

You can use a question mark (?) in a word to indicate that any character can appear at a certain position.

For example, advis?r retrieves advisor and adviser.

If two or more question marks appear together in a term, the system makes substitutions based on the number of question marks you included consecutively in your search term.

For example, ??clude could retrieve include, exclude or occlude but will not retrieve preclude (because preclude would have required your search term to be ???clude).

Note: The bold, italicised text in the previous example shows the location where characters were substituted for the question mark(s) in your search term.
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