Substitution and Truncation

e-catalog allows the symbols ? and $ to be used to represent substitution and truncation. These two symbols can be used together or separately, and at the beginning, middle, and end of a term. To literally search these symbols, enclose them with quotation marks.

The ? symbol is used as a substitute for a missing character in a search term, usually when you are unsure of a spelling or when you want to find two forms of one word.


e-catalog locates records containing either “woman” or “women.”

The $ symbol is used to truncate search terms and can represent a single characters, many characters, or no characters. If you follow the $ symbol with a number, e-catalog limits the number of characters matched. When more than one term in a search expression is truncated, each term is searched for all variations.


e-catalog locates the specified records containing the terms “Jame,” “James,” “Jamison,” and “Jamerton.”

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