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For each issue, TPS partners submit summaries of and links to online resources—articles, research reports, Web sites, and white papers—that provide research and current thinking relating to the theme. This issue's Research & Current Thinking focuses on helping teachers to use primary sources of various formats in instruction.

All Formats

Historical Thinking Matters
This website features a section with resources and guidance for high school teachers who want to incorporate historical thinking and primary sources into their classroom instruction.

Learning Center: Teaching with Primary Resources
This resource from the Oregon History Project includes strategies for approaching teaching with maps, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, artifacts, ephemera, and oral histories.

Using Primary Sources (Library of Congress)  
This resource for teachers includes guides for using primary sources, citing primary sources, and copyright and primary sources, as well as tools for analyzing various primary sources formats.

Using Primary Sources (
This resource from the National History Education Clearinghouse features sections on analyzing different formats of primary sources and links to a large number of guides, primary source sets and analysis tools.

Format Specific

Analyzing Primary Sources: Maps
In this self-paced professional development module from the Library of Congress, learn instructional strategies for using maps from the Library’s collections in the classroom.

Analyzing Primary Sources: Photographs and Prints
In this self-paced professional development module from the Library of Congress, learn how photographs and prints from the Library's collections can increase student engagement in the classroom.

Making Sense of American Popular Song
This resource from George Mason University’s “History Matters,” offers a brief history of American popular song, poses several questions to ask when analyzing songs, and provides links to use in teaching with songs and sheet music.

Scholars in Action: Analyze Nineteenth Century Letters
This resource from George Mason University’s “History Matters,” presents a case study that demonstrates how scholars interpret historical evidence found in a 19th century letter.

Song of America Project
This resource from the Library of Congress provides primary sources and teaching strategies highlighting the Library’s unparalleled collections of songs.

Teaching with Photographs
In this 5-minute video, Dr. Kristi Fragnoli, Professor of The College of St. Rose, demonstrates creative ways to use photographs in the classroom.