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Use the ? character to find matches that contain portions of words. For example, agri? will retrieve agri, agribusiness, agriculture, agricultural, agriculturist, etc. In another example, ?ology will retrieve anthropology, archaeology, psychology, etc. The ? character may also be used to find variant spellings. For example, wom?n will find both the singular woman and the plural women.

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