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"To License or Not To License Updated: An Examination of State Statutes Regarding Private Investigators and Digital Examiners,"
Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: http://commons.erau.edu/jdfsl/vol7/iss3/5