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Hickson Compact Groups (HCGs) represent an environment where interactions, tidally triggered activity, and galaxy mergers are expected to be at their highest rate of occurrence. Studies of a number of interacting pairs, both in the infrared and ultraviolet, suggest that interactions can trigger an inflow of gas into the galactic nucleus resulting in either starburst or AGN activity. Evidence for the former activity has so far been weak. We present IUE spectra of a select sample of Hickson group galaxies in order to: 1) make a new investigation of the level of interaction/merger related starburst activity and 2) search for an excess AGN population.
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