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Article Contents

TITLE PAGE

1.INTRODUCTION

2. BASIC PROPERTIES
2.1. Light
2.2. Masses and Kinematics
2.3. Abundances
2.4. Stellar Populations

3. STAR FORMATION PROPERTIES
3.1. Current Global Star Formation Rates
3.2. Distributions of Star-Forming Regions
3.3. Star_forming Complexes and the Interstellar Medium
3.4. The Initial Mass Function
3.5. Usable Gas

4.STAR-FORMING HISTORIES
4.1. Constant Star Formation Rates
4.2. Bursts of Star Formation
4.3. SSPSF: A Possible Model

5.EVOLUTIONARY STATUS

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