& Wildcards (*, ?)
allow you to use a symbol to replace a letter or more
in a word. Added to the
stem of a word, it will find
stem plus anything that comes after it. Used in the middle of
the word, it can help with variant or unknown spellings. The
symbol used depends upon the index, database,
example is for the database, Scopus.
a question mark (?) to replace a single character.
return records with the words burn, burns, or burnt. You do not have
to use the question mark to retrieve plurals of words. Scopus does
return either woman, women, or womyn.
an asterisk (*) as a multi-character wildcard
to replace characters anywhere in a word. (it replaces zero (0)
or more characters.)
return records on environment, environments, environmental.
return records on hemoglobin, haemoglobin and even hemidemiphosphorylmontotremoglobin,
(if it is used in an article).