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MC 492: Civil-Military Relations

Dr. Kirstin Brathwaite | Fall 2020

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If you want to search for a book on your topic, click on Books & Media on the library's homepage (  You have a few options here.

1.  Basic Keyword Search (the default)

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  • Good for basic browsing

2.  Advanced Search

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3.  Title Search

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4.  Author Search

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  • Use an asterisk (*) to search multiple word forms - for example, if you want a search with environment, environmental, and environmentalism, you can search environ* and get all those forms.  


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