Sherlock (the Library Beta Search Engine) sometimes works well for International Relations Topics - it searches across a variety of sources and handles multiple topics. For example: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and in Nicaraugua. But don't use the phrase like that. Connect the words with AND - Counterinsurgency AND Afghanistan AND Nicaragua.
Once you have found articles you want to read, the button provides a quick way to find any available online full-text copies or request electronic copies through Interlibrary Loan.
Step 1: first looks for any full text of your article that is available in the library's online resources. When it finds full text, you will usually see a "Get Article" link that will take you directly to the article or to a page where you can open the full text as either html or pdf.
Step 2: If the library doesn't have electronic access to the article you need, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan. Within a few days, you will receive an email from the library with a link to a downloadable copy of the article you requested which is yours to keep. NOTE: Be sure to download the article as soon as you receive the email; copyright law does not allow the link to remain active for more than a few days.