Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study

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Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study. / Foster, Allen; Ford, Nigel.

Yn: Journal of Documentation, Cyfrol 59, Rhif 3, 2003, t. 321-340.

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Foster, A & Ford, N 2003, 'Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study' Journal of Documentation, cyfrol. 59, rhif 3, tt. 321-340. https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410310472518

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Foster, Allen ; Ford, Nigel. / Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study. Yn: Journal of Documentation. 2003 ; Cyfrol 59, Rhif 3. tt. 321-340.

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