Detail: Bartolomeo Bimbi. Oranges, Limes, and Lemons. 1715. Scala Archives.

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Thank you for reading Teaching and Learning with Digital Primary Sources: Nine insights into awareness, literacy, and collaboration between librarians, faculty, and students. We hope you gained critical insights from the report.

Special collections and instructional librarians “should invest the same time, care, and energy into fostering research skills for digital primary sources as they do for physical materials. Reconciling the two approaches is not only pedagogically effective but also more inclusive, more realistic, and more supple, as it allows for a wider range of engagements if one approach becomes less viable” (Craig and O’Sullivan, 2022, 96).

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In this video, Dana Howard, Senior Education Manager, demonstrates how to use compare mode to analyze content you find on JSTOR. With this tool, you can compare up to four items from any search or from within your workspace. You can use this tool across media types with both primary and secondary source content, and when choosing images to save, enriching and enhancing the research experience.

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