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Science Fair Help

Student science experiment finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi ...
Photo courtesy of Kim Horsevad, teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark.

Jacksonville Public Library can help you get started with your science fair project. We have books that will help you choose a topic, set up your experiment and learn how to do an award winning presentation. We also have a wide range of databases and workshops to help you with your project.

What is a database?

Maybe the most important thing to know is that the Jacksonville Public Library research databases are not the Internet. So if your teacher doesn’t want you to use the Internet, you should still be able to use databases.

Databases are tools that your library or the State of Florida has purchased to give you access to a vast amount of information.  You access the information through a computer either from home or in the library. Not all databases can be accessed from home. You will need a valid library card to access the databases from home.

Science in Context
Supporting high school curricula and university coursework, Science in Context features authoritative information for assignments and projects, and provides detailed coverage of popular subjects. From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography, this revolutionary, this curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students and researchers.
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes magazines and academic journals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.
InfoTrac en Español(InfoTrac en Español)
Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.
InfoTrac Student
This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
InfoTrac Junior Edition
This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
World Book Super Home Page
    World Book Online Super Homepage
The electronic version of the popular World Book Encyclopedia. Types of information includes text articles, dictionary entries, images, atlases, maps, as well as media.

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Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
World Book Online Reference Center
World Book Online Info Finder

To see ALL the research databases that Jacksonville Public Library subscribes to, please click here.

Recommended Websites
A wildlife resource created by the National Wildlife Federation.
Eric Weisstein’s World of Science
Large encyclopedic resources on science and mathematics.
Exploratorium: Museum of Science, Art & Human Perception
An original content site focusing on the innovative and intriguing in Science and Technology.
Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair
This site has an excellent section for students getting ready to do their science fair projects, from choosing a topic to competing for the prizes.
Science Fair Project Resource Guide
A guide to a variety of web site resources, leading you through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment.
Science Learning Network
A number of unique articles and studies including "The Science of Hockey" and "Cow's Eye Dissection".
SciTech Daily Review
Informed science and technology coverage and analysis, sourcing a huge range of great writers and excellent publications.
A thorough and interactive Periodic Table of Elements.

Wonders of the Universe
A non-commercial, non-profit Web site dedicated to sharing the wonders of the universe.

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