Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Science Fair Research Tips & Tricks

We’ve noticed a lot of you asking for sources for your Science Fair projects. So many cool ideas! Here are some of our favorite places to find information and resources:

McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science & technology

The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology is a 20 volume reference source covering a wide variety of topics. This is a great place to get an overview of the topics that may relate to your project and find keywords for further searching. Find this in the Reference book section, near the back windows. These books can be checked out of the library, and you can photocopy pages.


Britannica Library

Use the Britannica Library at home or in the library. Choose the level of complexity you are looking for, and the Britannica Library will give you a variety of sources from which to choose, including images, videos, news articles, and encyclopedia sources.


Gale Virtual Reference Library Database

The Gale Virtual Reference Library contains thousands of digitized reference books. Start searching in this database using broad keywords, then narrow your topic by adding additional keywords in the search box in the left hand bar. You can email articles to yourself and print them. Click on “Citation Tools” for help on how to format your citations for these articles.




Science Reference Center Database

If you are looking for peer reviewed articles from scientific journals, try the Science Reference Center. This database has loads of information written by experts in a wide variety of fields.




Need to print from your tablet or Chromebook?

We can help! Send your print job to us using the “Click To Print” icon on the right, then come to the Reference Desk to pick it up. Black and white pages are ten cents each; color prints are fifty.

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