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Scholarship and disciplinary practices

Published on Jan 1, 2008in The Artist and Journal of Home Culture
· DOI :10.1002/aris.144.v42:1
Carole L. Palmer18
Estimated H-index: 18
(UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign),
Melissa H. Cragin12
Estimated H-index: 12
(UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)
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