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  • AND returns results containing all terms:  modernity AND nationalism
  • OR returns results with either term:  modernity OR nationalism
  • Parentheses ( ) indicate separate concepts, like an equation, (A or B) and C:  Japan AND (modernity OR nationalism)
  • Quotation marks " " return results using that specific phrase:  "U.S.-China Relations"
  • Truncation * returns results with a root word and any ending:  Korea* [finds Korea, Korean ...]

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