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SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT RESEARCH

Marge Peters, Natural Sciences Reference Librarian   . (630) 942-2337 . petersm@cod.edu


"HOW TO DO IT" and TOPIC SUGGESTION WEB SITES

"HOW TO DO IT" BOOKS

PROJECT EXAMPLES

SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT INDEXES

RESEARCHING YOUR TOPIC IN PERIODICALS (JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES)

Click this link and look under Science for your area of research OR

Go to COD Library Catalog (http://www.cod.edu/library): Click on " Databases" on upper green bar. Look under Science and choose the field you are interested in.

You can access these indexes at home. Someone in your family over the age of 18 must have a College of DuPage Lbrary Card (community borrower status, if not a student here.)

Academic OneFile is a very good starter database for most science research. Use Advanced Search to link keywords and phrases you want to match. Choose "Peer-Reviewed" for academic journals.

A second excellent database is Academic Search Premier, which gives you access to the full text of over 4500 scholarly journals. The search is by keyword -- again use Advanced Search to link keywords and phrases. Click on "Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals" if you need academic journal literature.

An advanced database with all scholarly literature is Science Direct. Hundreds of journals from Elsevier are available here. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" instead of "All Journals" as our subscription does not include every Elsevier title.

JSTOR is an archive of the articles in hundreds of journals going back decades or even a century or more up to just a few years ago (but not current issues). Many of the journals relate to the sciences. Use Advanced Search to link concepts.

A searchable resource with full-text journal literature, some free, some for-fee is High Wire Press from Stanford University. If linking concepts, be sure to put multi-word topics in quotation marks: "carbon dioxide" and choose All if linking multiple words and phrases.

The COD Library may not have the journal that your article is in. In that case, a person with a COD Library card may order these articles through Interlibrary Loan.

Printed Indexes in the Periodicals area extend your search back in time:
Applied Science and Technology Index. 1958-present
Biological and Agricultural Index. 1964-present.
General Science Index. 1978-present.

FINDING BOOKS ON YOUR TOPIC

HOW TO CITE SOURCES

Go to "Research Help" on Library Home Page. Click on "Citing Sources" Use APA (American Psychological Association) or MLA (Modern Language Association) format for your list of works. APA format is usually the format required by the rules of most Science Fair organizers, including the Illinois Junior Academy of Science. The Citing Sources Guide presents examples from the 6th edition (2010) of APA; the 5th edition archived examples are at the bottom

WHERE TO PURCHASE MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR PROJECT

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