A Student’s Guide to the Library:
To help you with your science fair project, librarians have selected library databases, websites, and books that help with researching and picking out projects.
Start with How to Write a Research Paper: Tips on how to broaden or narrow your topic, finding search terms and using Google Advanced Search.
Find a Book – Most books for scientific research will be found in the non-fiction sections of the Herrin City Library. There is one in the Children’s Area and one in the Adult Area. Non-Fiction books are organized by the Dewey Decimal System. Melvil Dewey, a librarian, invented this plan for grouping books by the kinds of information they contain. All the books dealing with the same subject, such as history or science, are put together in their own special section on the shelves.
Use the online catalog to find a book:
The Scientific Method:
The scientific method is the process all scientists use to investigate science questions. It involves identifying a problem, learning what is already known about that problem, thinking of a solution or answer (called a hypothesis), doing an experiment to test your hypothesis, and reaching a conclusion based on what you learned.
So before you even begin your project, it is important that you understand the scientific method. Using it to do your project takes some thought, but that’s what science is all about!
FactMonster: Science Fair Projects
Science Buddies: Introduction to the Scientific Method
Virtual Science Fairs:
Citing Resources for your Report
Suggested Resources: Specific Sites for Topics: