Science Fair Resources

Reference Books

  • The New Book of Popular Science (6 volumes) J Ref 500 New (also available for checkout)
  • Growing Up with Science (17 volumes) J Ref 503.21 Gro
  • Physics Matters! (10 volumes) J Ref 530 Phy
  • Biology Matters! (10 volumes) J Ref 570 Bio
  • Plant Sciences (4 volumes) J Ref 580 Pla
  • Chemistry Matters!  (10 volumes)  J Ref 540 Che
  • Animal and Plant Anatomy (11 volumes) J Ref 571.3 Ani
  • Experiment Central: Understanding Scientific Principles through Projects (J Ref 507.8 Exp)
  • Science Experiments Index for Young People J Ref 507.8 Pil
  • Science Experiments and Projects Index J Ref 507.2 Sci
  • The Complete Handbook of Science Fair Projects J Ref 507.8 Boc (also available for checkout)
  • Junior Science Experiments on File  J Ref 507.8 Jun (for elementary and middle school)

Books Available for Checkout:

    • Scientific American: Everything You Need for Winning Science Fair Projects, Grades 5 – 7 (J 507.8 Fri)
    • Blue Ribbon Science Projects (507.8 Vac)
    • Forces and Motion Science Fair Projects: Using Water Balloons, Pulleys, and Other Stuff (J 531.6078 Gar)
    • Light, Sound, and Waves Science Fair Projects: Using Sunglasses, Guitars, CDs, and Other Stuff (J 530.078 Gar)
    • Plastics and Polymers Science Fair Projects: Using Hair Gel, Soda Bottles, and Slimy Stuff (J 668.4078 Goo)
    • Championship Science Fair Projects: 100 Sure-to-Win Experiments (J 507.8 Bar)
    • Cell and Microbe Science Fair Projects, Revised and Expanded Using the Scientific Method (J 571.6078 Rai)
    • Planet Earth Science Fair Projects : Using the Moon, Stars, Beach Balls, Frisbees, and Other Far-Out Stuff (J 507.8 Far)
    • Step-by-Step Science Experiments in Energy (J 531.6078 Van)
    • Simple Machine Experiments Using Seesaws, Wheels, Pulleys, and More : One Hour or Less Science Experiments (J 621.8078 Gar)
    • How to Build a Hovercraft : Air Cannons, Magnet Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects (J 600 Vol)
    There are many more titles in the Best Science Projects series. Ask a librarian for help in finding them.

A Sampling of Databases:

  • New Book of Popular Science Science, medicine and technology for middle school students.
  • Consumer Reports Access to Consumer Reports’ and unbiased product and service Ratings and recommendations, selections from the latest issue of Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Health, a searchable archive of the past four years of Ratings, Consumer Reports’ exclusive product- and car-reliability reports, comprehensive decision guides,access to consumer/user reviews, and much more.
  • Science in Context Provides detailed coverage of science subjects, from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography.
  • Direct Link to “How Products Are Made
  • World Book Encyclopedia More than 25,000 encyclopedia articles online for students from grades 4 through 12.
  • SIRS Discoverer Provides over 1,900 magazines, newspapers, and reference books; 10,000 educator-approved websites; and 30,000 colorful graphics, photos, and maps.  Designed for elementary and middle schoolers.
  • SIRS Researcher In Library Use only.  Provides thousands of full-text articles on a variety of social, scientific, health, historic, economic, business, political and global issues. Articles are selected from around 1500 newspapers, magazines, journals and government publications. Includes news information, maps, and almanac information.
  • Middle Search Plus – Kids Search
    Provides full text access to magazines covering general topics for middle and junior high school students.  Tutorial

 A Sampling of Websites:

And remember, the librarians at the Elmhurst Public Library are always ready to help you find more information.