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Using Primary Sources


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With its range of in-class exercises, this book serves as an essential tool for educators seeking to expand their repertoire of active learning techniques.

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CONTENTS * Foreword by Elizabeth Yakel Preface Acknowledgments Introduction * SECTION 1: CLASSIC EXERCISE WITH A TWIST * Windows to the Past: Postcards and Visual Literacy Joanne Archer * Approaching the Book as an Artifact Kelli Hansen * Our School Song: Using Sound Recordings & Sheet Music to Explore Historical Music Leah Hoblit and Lisa Sjoberg * Start to Finish: Learning the Primary Source Research Process in 50 Minutes Maggie Kopp * Infinitely Adaptable: Using Objects to Promote Inquiry-Based Learning Lauren Silver, Ph.D. * Peer Learning with Primary Sources Heather Smedberg * Working Backwards: Starting with an Endnote to Teach Primary Source Research Skills Jenny Swadosh * SECTION 2: TAKING IT FURTHER * Taking Sides: Using Debate to Understand Evidence and Bias in Primary Sources Anne Bahde * Match Game: Pairing Primary Sources to Potential Research Topics Anne Bahde * Shopping for The Medici: Student Collectors and Authentic Use Jason Bocko * The Big and the Small of It: Engaging Large Groups with Small Details Erika Boeckeler, Michelle Romero, and Amanda Rust * Quick Curation: Building Analytical Skills Through Context and Juxtaposition Peter Carini * History Sleuths Christine de Catanzaro, Wendy Hagenmaier, Mandi Johnson, and Jody Thompson * Reaching Back, Reaching Out: Innovation and Experimentation in the World of Special Collections Lori Dekydtspotter and Cherry Williams * Exploring Personal Experience through Diaries and Memoirs Erin Dix * The Ice House Mystery: Pairing Primary and Secondary Sources to Teach Place-based Research Prudence Doherty * Finding Hidden Personal Stories in Legal and Financial Records Julie Golia and Robin M. Katz * The Dating Game Will Hansen * Prioritizing Privacy v. Access: Primary Sources in the Digital Age Sean Heyliger and Juli McLoone * Book Illustration and Cultural Change: Reading Visual Images in Context Barbara Hochman * Picturing the Past: Introducing Special Collections Research Through Photographs Sarah Horowitz * Finding Fun with Finding Aids Greg Kocken * Deconstructing Description: Teaching Archival Literacy through Finding Aids Rebecca Larson-Troyer * Printing ABCs: A Hands-On Printmaking Activity for Children Melissa Nykanen * Covered with Culture: Finding Meaning on a Stick Jay Satterfield * Searching for Primary Sources: An Introduction to Using Special Collections Discovery Tools Lisa Schoblasky and Autumn Mather * Building Books and Breaking them Down: Using Historic Materials to Teach Modern Preservation Jennifer K. Sheehan * Exploring Artists' Books Heather Smedberg * Engage those Senses! The Surrogate is Not Enough Mattie Taormina * Judging a Book by Its Cover Mattie Taormina * Conclusion: Assessing Student Learning Bibliography Index

About the Author

Anne Bahde, MLIS, is history of science librarian in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at Oregon State University Libraries.

Heather Smedberg, MLS, is the reference and instruction coordinator for Special Collections and Archives at University of California, San Diego.

Mattie Taormina, MLIS, is head of public services and processing manuscripts librarian for Stanford University's Special Collections and University Archives.

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