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Citizen Science: How Anyone Can Contribute to Scientific Discovery

Reference Point. Oct. 2019. 80p. further reading. index. notes. photos. websites. Tr $30.95. ISBN 9781682827352.
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Gr 7 Up–Hulick illustrates that no one is too young or too old to help in the search for scientific truth. The term citizen science refers to someone who lacks formal training but who can contribute to collective scientific knowledge through their own research and investigations. The text is less about potential discoveries that amateur scientists can make in various fields and more about bringing people together to appreciate a shared quest for information. Hulick outlines ways anyone can get involved; she offers an overview of the scientific method and provides large and small success stories. Jane Goodall’s work is cited as a prime example of the power of citizen science. An appendix lists organizations to contact and ongoing projects that anyone can begin immediately.
VERDICT An insightful guidebook for the budding scientist in us all. Educators will also come away with ideas for sparking students’ interest in science beyond the walls of the classrooms.

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