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Locating Resources. For: Scientific Research October 2012. Search Your Topic. Go to the library and read everything you can on your topic. Gather information on your topic. Searching the Literature: Understand the difference between primary and secondary sources.

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Locating resources

Locating Resources

For: Scientific Research

October 2012

Search your topic

Search Your Topic

Go to the library and read everything you can on your topic.

Gather information on your topic.

Searching the Literature:

Understand the difference between primary and secondary sources.

Start by consulting general references. You need to have a solid background and some sense of your aims and scope of the project before plunging into primary literature.

Plan your search using vocabulary carefully. Key words and authors’ names are the chief means of accessing information in databases as well as on the Internet. Also, be aware that ample time is needed to do a thorough literature search.

Primary sources

Primary sources

A primary source is an original object or document -- the raw material or first-hand information.

Primary sources include historical and legal documents, eye witness accounts, results of an experiment, statistical data, pieces of creative writing, and art objects.

Secondary sources
Secondary sources

A secondary source is something written about a primary source. Secondary sources include comments on, interpretations of, or discussions about the original material.

Secondary source materials can be articles in newspapers or popular magazines, book or movie reviews, or articles found in scholarly journals that evaluate or criticize someone else's original research.

Science buddies planning worksheet

Science Buddies-Planning Worksheet


Choose the best search for your information need
Choose the Best Search for your information need


Centennial s online databases
Centennial’s Online Databases

  • Gale Student Resources in Context http://infotrac.galegroup.com

  • Professional Collection

  • Virtual Reference Center

  • Gale Science in Context

  • SIRS Researcher http://ars.sirs.com/denied?sks.sirs.com/

Hc library s online databases
HC Library’s Online Databases

  • Current magazines (EBSCO'sMasterFILE Premier)

  • Online reference collection aimed at all ages (Gale's Virtual Reference Library)

  • Science magazines, and more! (EBSCO's Science Reference Center)


Additional online resoures
Additional Online Resoures

From: The Library of Congress

  • http://www.loc.gov/teachers/additionalresources/relatedresources/science/science.html

  • http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/

  • http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/resources.html

Websites of interest
Websites of interest

  • Molecular Biology Resource


  • InfoMine


  • Sci Central


  • Science Daily


  • Science.gov


Check this out
Check this out . . .



Background research is also important to help you understand the theory behind your experiment.

In other words, science fair judges like to see that you understand why your experiment turns out the way it does.

You do library and Internet research so that you can make a prediction of what will occur in your experiment, and then whether that prediction is right or wrong, you will have the knowledge to understand what caused the behavior you observed.

If you need further research assistance
If you need further research assistance:

  • Don’t hesitate to ask us 

  • Remember, we have many valuable print resources (Books) available in your media center collection

    Thank You for your attention!