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History of Intercultural Contact: Find Articles

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  • Use strong keywords: Pick out the most important words/concepts in your research question. Use keywords such as those experts and scholars would use. These are usually nouns
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    • Intercultural Contact is not a very effective search. You will be must more successful searching for particular groups (see below).
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