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Documents as 'risky' sources of data: a reflection on social and emotional positioning- a research note

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Documents as 'risky' sources of data : a reflection on social and emotional positioning- a research note. / Barlow, Charlotte Frederica.

In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 19, No. 3, 06.2016, p. 377-384.

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Barlow, Charlotte Frederica. / Documents as 'risky' sources of data : a reflection on social and emotional positioning- a research note. In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 2016 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 377-384.

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