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In the Bessie Chin Library  In Other Libraries 
General encyclopedias:
    World Book Encyclopedia (2011)
    New Encyclopaedia Britannica (2010) | Britannica Online, Academic Ed.
General science encyclopedias (multi-volume): 
    McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. 9th ed. (2006) | AccessScience (Online version of the encyclopedia)
    Encyclopedia of Science (1996 and 2004 eds.) | Gale Virtual Reference Library
General science encyclopedias (single-volume): 
    Von Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia (1989) 
    The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (1993) 
    The Usborne Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia (2001)
Scientific dictionaries: 
    McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. 2nd ed. (1978) 
Single-subject science encyclopedias: 
    Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry (1997) 
    Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences (1996) 
Science project books:  (for many more on a variety of topics see the link at the top of the left column)
    Experiment central 
    Painless science projects 
    The parent's guide to science fairs 
    1001 ideas for science projects 
    The Scientific American book of projects for the amateur scientist 
    How to do a science fair project
    E: The Environmental Magazine
    Natural History 
    Psychology Today
    Science News
    Scientific American | Scientific American Digital

Online databases including:
    EBSCO Article Databases 
    Enter username and password (get from library staff or signs in the library or classroom) to bring up the EBSCO search box and you will be able to search thousands of periodical articles as well as hundreds of images on all sorts of science topics.
    Access Science
    This database from provides articles, images, bibliographies and more from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th ed. It also provides study guides and multimedia files (Flash® animations, videos, podcasts) on science and technology topics.

General encyclopedias:
    Encyclopedia Americana
    Colliers Encyclopedia
Periodical indexes:
    Applied Science and Technology Index 
    Education Index
    General Science Index

    American Biology Teacher
    Journal of Applied Physics
    Journal of Nutrition
    Quarterly Review of Biology
    The Science Teacher
    Science World

    ...many others are available as well. 

Finding Science Projects

On the Web: Search engines are very useful in finding science experiments and information on science fairs. With a search engine, look for: "science experiments", "science fairs", "science fair projects", "lab experiments", or "hands-on science". When you've got a specific topic chosen try using a search engine such as Clusty which "clusters" like Web pages under topics or Ask which gives options to narrow your search by sub-topic.
Once you've begun to search for information on your topic try using Google Scholar which indexes academic-level articles on various topics. Not all are available without a subscription to specific databases, but having the references can be very useful sometimes.
In Books: On a site such as do the same sort of search for books about science experiments and projects. Be careful--many of the books about science projects are written for elementary school students. They are not suitable for high-school level work.

Google Web Directory to Science Fairs: Ideas and Guides -
Science Buddies -
"Science Buddies is a non-profit organization empowering students from all walks of life to help themselves and each other develop a love of science and an understanding of the scientific method. With the help of our Mentors and Advisors, we help students improve their science skills and literacy, and we inspire them to consider additional study or careers in science." Check their Topic Selection Wizard for a way of developing a project topic.
Another list of science fair project sites can be found on the Library's WebPath Express link.

Science Fair Sites

Redwood High School Science Fair Page -

Bessie Chin Library Science Page -

Science Fair Websites -

Internet Public Library Science Fair Project Resource Guide -

Google Web Directory to Science Fairs -

California State Science Fair -

Senior Division Guide (Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair) -

Intel Science Talent Search -

Intel International Science & Engineering Fair -

The WWW Virtual Library: Science Fairs -

Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Award -

Science Fairs Homepage -

An NSTA Position Statement [on] Science Competitions -