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COM 597: Communicating Ideas: Strategies and theories of community and network - Fall 2017 (Yasin): Find: Books

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  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic.  For example: obama rhetoric. On the results screen use the "Resource Type" options on the left toolbar to limit your results to books. This will eliminate any articles that were found.

  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations.  For example: "Castells and the media".  if you don't see the book on your list of results then use the "Resource Type" options on the left toolbar to limit your results to books. This will eliminate any book reviews that were found.
     
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Non-fiction books can provide both an overview and indepth analysis of a topic, event, or person.  Many books will include a reference list or bibliography that can lead you to other research/writings on the topic.  

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