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One Book One Northwestern 2013-2014: The Last Hunger Season: Searching NUcat

Searching NUcat and Databases

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For example, try searching NUcat using a subject heading such as "Agriculture -- Africa" for a quick list of 126 entries in our catalog, including electronic, physical, and multimedia resources.  That search also brings up variations such as "Agriculture -- Africa, Sub-Saharan" and "Agriculture -- Africa, West -- History."

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Agricultural innovations

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Remember: be flexible and prepared to modify your approach when researching a subject. Refine your search terms or repeat searches in different databases for different results.