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Russian & German 4840W / German 7840: Totalitarianism and Culture: Starting Places


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Once you have search results on the screen, you can tailor these by using limits in the left sidebar or by using the drop-down menus in the search box to make your search more precise.

The default is to search just materials immediately available at MU, but untick the box in the left sidebar to extend your search to things we can get via interlibrary loan.

The results sort by relevancy (i.e. how often your search terms appear) but you can resort by date.

Remember basic search techniques:

  • Provide synonyms or narrower/broader terms combined with OR:
    Soviet OR Stalin* OR totalitarian
  • Narrow your focus by combining ideas/topics with AND: fashion AND (Soviet OR Stalin* OR totalitarian)
  • Truncate with an asterisk to retrieve variant endings: Stalin* retrieves Stalin, Stalin's, Stalinism, Stalinist, Stalinists
    Remember to truncate to find British spellings as well as English.
  • Subject heading searches give more focus and are usually in English. For other searches remember to add keywords in other languages.

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