FOUR SCIENCE FAIR DATABASES:
Scientific American 1845 to the Present
The entire collection of Scientific American issues is now available online.
Offers laser-focused science content and tools along with unique video and dozens of manipulatives found in no other online science reference product.
A search engine for scholarly articles.
EbscoHost MAS-Ultra Made for high school students, a collection of 500 popular magazines.
EbscoHost's Academic Search Complete.
A very powerful collection of scholarly journals covering a wide range of topics. Remember to check "Search within the full text of the articles" if you are not getting many results.
What Makes A Good Science Fair Project
"A website from USC that gives a lot of good tips and ideas to think about regarding what makes a good science fair project."*
IPL: Science Fair Project Resource Guide
"Are you looking for some help with a science fair project? If so, then you have come to the right place. The IPL will guide you to a variety of web site resources, leading you through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment. If you have never done a science fair project before, it has been a while, or you just want to be sure you do a really great job be sure and look at the following websites for tips on what makes a good project before doing anything else. This way you will know ahead of time what will be expected of you..."
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
A "searchable database of abstracts provides a powerful resource to help with project ideas and as perhaps a first step in a literature search. Abstracts are searchable by key word, discipline, finalist name, fair id, state or country." This site also has "Tips and Advice from alumni."
Other science fair resources:
[All project suggestions from the below sites might not necessarily be a good project idea. Ask yourself: Is it a demonstration or an experiment? Is it too simple or perhaps too easily reproducible? Check in with your teacher.]
MAD Scientist Library
"Welcome to the MadSci Library, an excellent starting point for exploring science resources on the WWW."
http://www.sciencebuddies.org. Includes a database of project ideas and an "Advanced Science Project" guide, which provides overview of top high school science fair contests.
SEED: Science Lab
"The Science Lab offers ...online activities related to geology, physics, and space. Geared for ages 10–18, all of the projects come with a background lesson and most require minimal prep time. Created by: Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, New York, NY." [quoted from :http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6376091.html]
Ask an expert
[Scroll down to "Ask An Expert"] "Most of your research will probably be done on the internet or at the library, but if you’ve looked everywhere you can find, but still don’t have an answer, then it might be time to call an expert. At these sites, there are expert scientists who can answer your questions.The Archimedes Initiative
Before you send a question, be sure to read through each site’s archives, because someone may have already asked your question. Also, you should remember that it will usually take at least a couple days, maybe longer, for you to receive an answer."
"Student interviews on an array of insightful projects providing excellent advice from conquering fears to working through unforeseen results." *