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September 18, 2018

Let's get started!

Choosing a topic? Trying to narrow down your ideas? Use the following resources to start a broad search and figure out what interests you.

Browse the shelves

If you'd like to browse the shelves for books containing ideas for science fair projects, look for those with the call number 507.8.

  • For books about forensic/crime experiments, look for books with the call number 363.258.
  • For books about physical science experiments, look for the call number 530.4078.
  • For air experiments, look for the call number 533.6078.
  • For music/sound experiments, look for the call number 534.078.
  • For temperature experiments, look for the call number 536.078.
  • For chemistry experiments, look for the call number 540.78.
  • For meteorology experiments, look for the call number 551.5078.
  • For soil and water experiments, look for the call number 631.4078.

Browse the catalog

You can also use the library catalog to find what you need; just do a subject or keyword search (hint: you'll get more specific results with a subject search).

Keyword search suggestions:

Subject search suggestions:

Reference books

The following books cannot be checked out, but you can look through them while you are at the library and make copies of the pages you need. Library staff can help you locate this book and use the copier.

Keep going!

If you know just what you're looking for, or are ready to narrow down your research, it's time to dig deeper! Use the following resources to find even more information about your topic.


The following books can be checked out and taken home:

For more books with science experiments and projects, check out some of these nonfiction book series:


In addition to books, you can access great databases full of information on the library's website. These databases can be accessed at the library or at home and offer the same information found in reference books, newspapers, journals, and magazines. You can read the information and print it right from your computer! You'll need a Worthington Libraries library card to access these databases from home.

Search for information to support your science experiment by using one of the following databases:


Make sure your information is coming from a reliable source. Here are some websites with science fair ideas and information that our librarians recommend:


Laela T

I work in Youth Services. I like to read all kinds of books, although I have a soft spot for dog stories. I spend a good portion of my time rooting for the Reds and visiting ballparks all around the country. I have been known to walk my basset hound, watch Disney movies, ride my scooter and sing silly songs.

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