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The Field Book Project

by Elizabeth Ohl
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This is a useful website to obtain field books and other field research materials. It is a joint project by the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives. It is a “one stop” archive to obtain the actual research material used behind the scientific articles published in journals. The website contains the fieldwork papers, journal entries, photographs and videos the scientists created documenting their research. I would use this website to make lessons more interesting by showing students how scientists set up their experiments, test them and collect data and how the material students are learning is related to it. I believe these resources will help interest students in what they are learning. This could be used as an interesting way to open a biology class introducing experimentation methods. Students can view real projects that have been done and then form an idea of how to go about researching and what the scientific method is before they even learn it. 

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