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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 to teach science.

Guide to Library Research in Science: Scientific Communication
From The College of Wooster – Timken Science Library
This article describes primary sources science, including materials that might not have been produced for publication, such as laboratory notebooks, memoranda, or personal and professional correspondence.

Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards
From CIRES – Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
This article summarizes the goals of the National Science Education Standards, defines the role of inquiry in the standards, describes essential scientific abilities of observation, investigation, interpretation or analysis, and reporting on findings, and recommends strategies for teaching the scientific method. Readers will find some similarities between the components of the scientific method as described in this article with the inquiry model frequently used in social studies education.

Primary and Secondary Sources for Science
From University Libraries - University at Albany – State University of New York
These reference charts define primary and secondary sources in science and list examples of each type of resource.

The Scientific Method: Seeing Science Everywhere
By Ellen Booth Church, Scholastic
This article looks at the natural inclination of children toward inquiry and suggests ways to encourage children in observation, investigation, and experimentation.

Internet History of Science Sourcebook
From Fordham University
This resource listing links to documents, websites, and articles “dealing with the history of science derived from Paul Halsall’s internet sourcebook series, a ‘world wide web project designed to provide easy access to primary sources and other teaching materials in a non-commercial environment.’”