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Browsing by pre-selected categories is the best way to find all SEAAdoc materials on a broad topic, about an ethnic group, or in a specific format.  Five approaches are possible using the pull-down menus:

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Example:. viet* retrieves vietnam, vietnamese, etc.

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Example: "refugee camp" finds that phrase only, not refugees in camp or other phrases.

Boolean Combinations
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Example: vietnamese and westminster finds items about Vietnamese people in the city of Westminster.

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