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Indexes to Science Fair Projects
Other Web Resources

Project Ideas/Procedures
Facts About Your Topic
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Science
    Call # Adult Ref. 503 Ga

  • New Illustrated Science & Invention Encyclopedia
    Call # Juv. Ref. 603 NE

  • New Book of Popular Science
    Call # Adult & Juv. Ref. 500 Ne

  • Science Experiments on File
    Call # Juv. Ref. 507.8 Sc

  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia
    Call # Adult Ref. 503 VA

  • World Book Encyclopedia
    Call # Adult & Juv. Ref. 031 Wo

  • World Book Encyclopedia of Science
    Call # Ref. 503 Wo

  • World Book's Young Scientist
    Call # Juv. Ref. 503 Wo

Selected Online Databases: including
Access Science: McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Online: A fully searchable collection of science reference materials including current science news, biographies, study guides, image gallery.

Student Research Center: This resource is designed especially for youth in grades 6-12. To begin a basic search, click on "Science" and select a topic.

NPL Math & Science Homework Resources collection.

Print Indexes to Magazines:

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature--Adult Ref. 050 Re
Index to articles found in 300+ magazines.

Children's Magazine Guide
(Juv. Reference, Main Library)
Subject index to children's magazines.

For a complete listing of magazines available at the library, please see the Periodicals List


On-line Catalog:

  • To find books about your project ideas or science fair procedures, do a subject search using terms such as  "science-- experiments" or "science projects." Or, do a keyword search. For example: "ecology," or "crystals."



Vertical Files:

Look for information on your topic in the
Science Vertical File (Lower Level - Main Library).

Browse the shelves in both the Juvenile and Adult Departments:

500-509 ideas for projects

520-529 astronomy

530-539 physics, light, heat, force, magnets

540-549  chemistry, acids, crystals

550-559  earth sciences, weather, volcanoes

570-579  nature study, biology, ecology

580-589  plants, mold, photosynthesis

590-599  wild animals, animal behavior

620-629  electricity, batteries, magnets


These indexes are searchable by topic or keyword. Search these indexes for a book title containing your experiment, and then check our online catalog to see if the book is available at NPL.

Akron-Summit County Public Library Science Fair Project Index

Columbus Metropolitan Library Science Fair Projects Index


Bunsen Bob's Science Hunt
Well-organized web site for elementary and middle school students. Sections include descriptions of the scientific method, a step-by-step guide to a successful science project, photo galleries of past project displays, and tips for mom and dad.

CyberFair: A Resource for and By Elementary Science Students

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
"ISEF--the the world's largest pre-college science competition--provides an opportunity for the best young scientists to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete for over $3 million in awards and scholarships."

OPLIN's OH!Kids Science Index
Includes science fair projects page, as well as sections on biology, earth science and chemistry, and space and astronomy.

Science Fair Central
"A comprehensive guide to creating your science fair project." Includes questions & answers to 300 science fair questions from Janice VanCleave & online Science Fair Handbook.

Math & Science Gateway
Math & science links for teachers & students grades 9-12 from Cornell University

Science Fair Projects
This site has over 500 fully searchable and categorized science fair projects, with full instructions and explanations. You can search for ideas for your projects by simply entering a keyword on whatever interests you.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide
The Internet Public Library offers an annotated list of science fair resources.
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