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People of all ages and backgrounds can discover how to contribute to real scientific research with this handy guide. It defines citizen science, providing an overview of the social and community aspects behind the idea. The book is organized by topic and features links to library resources and descriptions of books appropriate to the subject. In addition, a section devoted to ongoing citizen-science programs includes detailed descriptions for parents and children to identify projects appropriate to their interests, abilities, commitment levels, and locations. Accessible for the whole family, this invaluable resource provides the tools for building strong families as well as improving the global community.
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Greg Landgraf is a writer and editor. His extensive print, online, and video work includes positions with American Libraries magazine and Vance Publications, where he edited two trade magazines. He lives in Chicago.From Booklist:
This book introduces readers to the idea of citizen science and then offers them a wealth of research projects to choose from. The first third of the book is devoted to explaining citizen science, why it is important, and how it makes a difference in research and the community at large. (There is even a chapter solely devoted to how the library can support those interested in participating in citizen-science projects.) The majority of the book is then devoted to a directory of citizen-science projects from around the world. Projects are arranged by seven overarching categories, including animals and outer space. Each project entry lists its title and website; a brief description, along with the age range for participants; the time frame for when it takes place (many are seasonal); the region where it takes place; and whether there is a fee involved to participate. A resource list of adult and children’s books is included at the conclusion of each section. A worthwhile guide for parents and educators, this book would be a welcome addition in school and public libraries. --Maren Ostergard
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