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Tips for Reading a Scientific Paper
Tips from the Pros!
If you come across a website that will not let you access information without a "donation"...RUN AWAY!
Some ideas for your Research Project
Can browse here for topic ideas. Use the "Search" feature on the left of the page to choose "High School" then longer term science projects.
We Are Teachers
This site is intended for teachers but there are some good ideas about experiments and some topics of research to consider.
High School: Science Fair Projects
The title says it all. You can search for topics by science topic. Look at what is interesting to you and explore here.
Databases...Go here first! Then return AGAIN!
Go to these databases for good background information that will help you choose a topic for investigation then RETURN to find resources for the literature review and deeper understanding of your topic.
Science in Context This link opens in a new window
A comprehensive selection of the finest science content available. Science in Context features authoritative information for assignments and projects, and provides detailed coverage of popular subjects from obesity to endangered species. Full-text articles from national and global newspapers, magazines and journals and a media-rich selection of videos, audios, podcasts, images and interactives.
Academic Search Ultimate This link opens in a new window
Search thousands of academic journals at once. Topics include: Biology; Chemistry; Engineering; Ethnic and multicultural studies; Geology; Law; Mathematics; Music; Pharmaceutical sciences; Psychology; Religion and philosophy; Science and technology; Veterinary science; Women's studies; Zoology
Noodle Tools and Tutorial
The CRAP Test
Evaluate Websites Using these Criteria
Currency, Relevance, Authority and Purpose/Point of View
- How recent is the information?
- How recently was the site updated?
- Is it current enough for your topic?
- Does the information add to or support your research?
- Does the site provide additional links that are also useful?
- Does the site provide more or less information than you need?
- Who is the author/creator?
- What are their credentials or connections to the subject?
- What institution are they affiliated with?
- Who is the publisher or sponsor?
Purpose/Point of View
- Is the information fact, opinion, a spoof or a commercial?
- It it biased?
- Are all sides of an issue represented?
(adapted from Rohrbough LibGuide, OSU)
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