how to use like operator in asp

i am using access as backend.

i am facing problem with "like" operator.

what happens is:

1)if i am not use "*" in like operator then
      
e.g.
tmpStr = "Select * from COLLEGE " & _
      "WHERE COLLEGE_NAME like '"     & Request.Form ("txtCollege") & "'"


      (i am not using "*" here) then it is working as "=" operator. means it will search college where college_name is exactly matches.

2)       if i am using "*" then
      
e.g.
tmpStr = "Select * from COLLEGE " & _
      "WHERE COLLEGE_NAME like '" & Request.Form ("txtCollege") & "'*"
      
      it is giving error...
      
      error is:

            Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80040e14'

            [Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Syntax error (missing operator) in query expression 'COLLEGE_NAME like 'cit'*'.

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AurokripaAsked:
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freshmeatCommented:
use "%" instead of "*"
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AurokripaAuthor Commented:
hi freshmeat,

thanks for valuable reply
we are very thankful to u & hope u will help  us in future also.

Thanks,
Nilesh
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