Writing History in a Paperless World: Archives of the Future

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Writing History in a Paperless World : Archives of the Future. / Kaur, Ravinder.

In: History Workshop Journal, Vol. 79, No. 1, 2015, p. 243-253.

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Kaur, R 2015, 'Writing History in a Paperless World: Archives of the Future', History Workshop Journal, vol. 79, no. 1, pp. 243-253. https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbv003

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Kaur, R. (2015). Writing History in a Paperless World: Archives of the Future. History Workshop Journal, 79(1), 243-253. https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbv003

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Kaur R. Writing History in a Paperless World: Archives of the Future. History Workshop Journal. 2015;79(1):243-253. https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbv003

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Kaur, Ravinder. / Writing History in a Paperless World : Archives of the Future. In: History Workshop Journal. 2015 ; Vol. 79, No. 1. pp. 243-253.

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