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POLS 3505: Making Democracy Work

Prof. Sheri Berman, Fall 2020

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    • ​Use parentheses to group terms:  "nation building" AND (wom*n OR gender)
  • Subject headings: If you find a book that's relevant, look at its subject headings in CLIO and click through to find more related works.

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