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HDFS 129: Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies

Ray Petren (Penn State Scranton)

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  • Using databases specific to disciplinary aspects of Human Development and Family Studies, search for journal articles to continue your research.  Journal articles focus on highly specific research studies conducted by experts.
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