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Citing Online MESDA Journal Articles The following format is an example of how to cite online journal articles:
Sumpter Priddy, “Musings on a Scottish-Irish Desk Form in Colonial Virginia: The Scrutoire,” Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts vol. 33 (2012). Online: (accessed 28 April 2012).

Questions If you have any general questions or discover any problems with the site, please email the editor, Gary Albert, at [email protected]. Questions about the content of a specific article should be directed to the author via the email address supplied at the end of each article.

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