Science Fair Research Pathfinder
Use the following table to help you find useful sources of information for your Science Fair research. Students must use a minimum of four sources in four different categories of information.
Category
Source
Location
How Do I Use It?
Tips
Books
Use Alexandria—Library Catalog to search for books and videos.
List of Science Fair Reference Books in the Middle School Library.
Library website
Search by subject or anyword for books and videos on your topic.
Write down the call number of any book or video that would be useful in your research. Locate item in Library.
Reference Books
See below for list of reference books in our Library.
Books are located in reference area of the Library.
Search the general index of a reference book for your topic and/or keywords.
If there is more than one volume, be sure you know which volume to look in. Hint: Index will give volume and page number.
Magazines, News, Reference, Multimedia sources
Student Resource Center
Library website—Databases
Subject or keyword search
Select level (Basic or Intermediate).
Check Magazines, News, Reference, Multimedia
Encyclopedia
World Book Online: Student or Kids version
Library Website—Databases
Search keyword(s). Select article. Use outline to the left of the article to find specific information in article.
WB Student: To learn more check Related Information box on right side of screen. See encyclopedia articles, websites, and magazine articles.
Encyclopedias
Grolier Online includes
The New Book of Popular Science,
Grolier Multimedia, New Book of Knowledge, and Encyclopedia Americana
Library Website—Databases
Select database. Search keyword(s).
Use Table of Contents to find specific information in encyclopedia articles.
To learn more, click web links and periodical (magazine) links found at the upper right of encyclopedia article.
Encyclopedias
Marshall Cavendish
Library Website—Databases
Select database; search by keyword(s), category or database title.
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Category
Source
Location
How Do I Use It?
Tips
Video, Audio
Discovery Education—Video database
Library website—
Databases
Use teacher’s user name and password. Do a Keyword search.
Select grades 6-8, 3-5, or 9-12 and media type (drop down from search box).
Video
Safari Montage—Video database
Library website— Databases
Use your login for the network as user name and password. Select grade range (e.g. 5-9) and copyright year (e.g. after 2005).
Choose the type of multimedia: video, image, audio.
Video
BrainPOP—Video database
Library website—
Databases
Enter user name and password. Click on Science to see videos available or search topic using search box.
View each video related to your topic and take notes.
Website
Internet Sources
Library website—Go to Subject Sites, Science, Science Fair for experiment ideas
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Go to Search Tools.
Search keywords or subject directories.
Useful sites listed on the Library website!
Website
Internet Sources
Search the Web
Use a search engine or subject directory.
Required: Use a Site Check Form to evaluate website.
Community
Interview, Visit, Online Contact with an Expert
Wildlife preserves, Merck, Rohm & Haas, garden center, electrician, vets, doctors, nurses, agencies, pet stores, farm, government agencies, museums, scientists, professor, etc.
Contact agency or individual to make an appointment. Conduct an interview by phone or in person. Be respectful. Take notes.
Write ten good questions that you want to ask in the interview. Leave space to write the expert’s answers. Send a thank you note.