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POLSCI 381: Political Science Research Design   Tags: course_guide, political_science  

Guide for Political Science 381, Fall 2014 taught by Professor Mika LaVaque-Manty
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  • Put phrases in quotation marks:  "hurricane katrina"
  • Use an asterisk for truncation (any ending of a term):  communicat* will find communication, communicates, communicating, communicator, etc.
  • To search for ANY  of a group of terms, use OR and parentheses:  (movies OR film OR cinema)
  • To search for ALL terms, use AND:  violence AND movies
  • Combine the above strategies:  violence AND (movies OR film OR cinema OR "motion pictures")

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