September 4, 2015

Finding Resources: TPS Journal

TPS Journal

Dig deep into a variety of teaching with primary sources topics. The TPS Journal, formerly titled the TPS Quarterly, is an online, peer-reviewed publication focused on pedagogical approaches to teaching with Library of Congress digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. Each issue provides sections related to the issue's thematic focus: a feature article, an elementary primary source activity, a secondary primary source activity, a teacher spotlight highlighting primary source learning in the … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Poetry 180

Poetry 180

Poetry 180 is a project of two-time U.S. Poet Laureate (2002-2003) Billy Collins. The Poetry Foundation describes Mr. Collins, "Dubbed 'the most popular poet in America' by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself." In an October, 2002 webcast discussing Poetry 180, Mr. Collins described his vision to … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

worldlibrary

Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Everyday Mysteries

Everyday Mysteries

If you're looking for some fun science facts to intrigue and delight your elementary students, head over to the Everyday Mysteries section of LOC.gov. This part of the Library of Congress website gives answers to many of life's most interesting scientific questions, all of which were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library's Science Reference Services. You can search for topics on the homepage or browse archived questions and answers by … [Read more...]

Tech Tools: Primary Source Analysis with Padlet

Primary source analysis with Padlet

Padlet is a digital bulletin board in which you can pin comments and ideas in the form of text, documents, images, videos and more. In the video tutorial below we show how Padlet can be used to allow students to collaborate on a primary source analysis. Please let us know if you use Padlet with students for collaborative primary source analyses. Custom background image containing primary source analysis tool columns Primary source analysis question prompts for numerous primary … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Creating a Google Custom Search Engine

TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus Google Custom Search Engine

Do you have a class website or web page? If you do and you love Library of Congress primary sources as much as we do, here's a way you can provide your students with direct access to all the fantastic resources compiled on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus teaching resource blog. Simply add a custom Google search engine to your website or web page. It's really quite easy and only takes a few steps as you will see when you watch this great, quick video tutorial by Richard Byrne of Free … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Creating a Digital Annotated Bibliography

Sample annotated bibliography

Cornell University Library describes an annotated bibliography as "a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation."Lisa Oppenheim from the Chicago Metro History Education Center notes that annotations for National History Day (NHD) and Chicago Metro History Fair should be around 50 words and not much longer than 75 words. Annotated bibliographies serve one or more of the … [Read more...]

Tech Tools: Citation Tools

Citation needed

There are many digital citation tools available to help students properly cite the sources used in research projects. Below is a brief overview of five free resources. EasyBib Pros: numerous source types; auto search and annotation options; free Android and iOS apps and a Google Docs Add-on Cons: multiple advertisements; does not offer Turabian style Styles: MLA, APA, Chicago, Chicago Author-Date, AMA, ASA, ACS, CSE, Harvard 1 Source types: nearly 60 options, 22 of which can be … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Citing Digitized Sources from the Library

Citing Cartoons - Chicago Style

The Library of Congress offers more than 20 million digitized primary sources available to researchers of all ages. When using these sources in learning projects, it is important to provide citations of the primary sources. Citing primary sources requires students to think carefully about the source—who created/published/distributed it, when was it created, and from where was it accessed. Citing sources ensures that full credit is given to the creators and publishers of sources and that others … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Ask Us, Ask a Librarian!

Ask a Librarian

If you've browsed and searched the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus and still can't find what you were looking for, feel free to contact us with questions about Library resources or strategies for teaching with primary sources. We also welcome you to leave a comment on any post. You can get help directly from the Library of Congress too. The Ask a Librarian resource provides several different avenues to get your questions answered. There are links to email forms for a variety of Library … [Read more...]