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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:
- Science Fair
- Science Projects
- [Specific topic of interest], e.g.,
Subject search suggestions:
- Science Experiments -- Juvenile Literature
- Science Projects -- Juvenile Literature
- Science Exhibitions -- Juvenile Literature
- Temperature Experiments -- Juvenile Literature
- Soils Experiments -- Juvenile Literature
- Water Experiments -- Juvenile Literature
- Forensic Sciences Experiments -- Juvenile Literature
- Chemistry Experiments -- Juvenile Literature
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.
- Science Experiments Index for Young People, 4th edition by Mary Anne Pilger. 2005. [RJ 507.8 PIL]
- World Book Encyclopedia
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:
- The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Rachel Miller. 2016. [J 507.8 MIL]
- Energy lab for kids: 40 exciting experiments to explore, create, harness, and unleash energy by Emily Hawbacker. 2017. [J 5073.8 HAW (OWL & NWL)]
- How to be a scientist by Steve Mould. 2017. [J507.8 MOU (OWL, NWL, & WPK)]
- I can make exciting electronics by Kristina Holzweiss. 2018. [J 621.381 HOL (OWL, NWL, & WPK)]
- Science Stunts: Fun Feats of Physics by Jordan Brown. 2016. [J 530.078 BRO]
- Simple Machine Experiments Using Seesaws, Wheels, Pulleys, and More: One Hour or Less Science Experiments by Robert Gardner. 2013. [J 507.8 GAR]
- Space science fair projects by Jordan McGill. 2012. [J 520.78 MCG (OWL & NWL)]
- Star Wars: Science Fair Book by Samantha Margles. 2013. [J 507.8 MAR]
- Step-by-step science experiments in biology by Janice Pratt VanCleave. 2013. [J 507.8 VAN (OWL & NWL)]
- Step-by-step science experiments in energy by Janice Pratt VanCleave. 2013. [J 507.8 VAN (OWL & NWL)]
- Super simple experiments with electricity: fun and innovative science projects by Paige V. Polinsky. 2017. [J 537.078 POL (OWL & NWL)]
For more books with science experiments and projects, check out some of these nonfiction book series:
- Build-a-Lab! Science Experiments
- Cool Industrial Arts
- Easy Genius Science Projects
- Science Fair Projects
- Super Simple Science at Work
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: