Science Fair Research Instructions

Getting to INFOhio and the list of resources

Click www.infohio.org

Click the gold 6-8 Middle School link in the box that says “Students & Parents”
screenshot of the INFOhio students and parents portal links with an arrow pointing to the 6-8 middle school link

Scroll down the page to see the links to Science Online and Science Reference Center, the two resources to use for the science fair project.
screen shot of list of resources with a red box drawn around the links to Science Online and Science Reference Center


Directions for searching in Science Online

1. Enter your topic in the box.
2. On the list of results choose

  • Experiments & Diagrams for project ideas;
  • Articles to find background information on your topic; or
  • Images to find pictures for your poster board

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3. Click on an article title to read it.
4. Use the tool bar at the top of the article to save, email, print, and cite the article.

screen shot of an article in Science Online with red arrows pointing to the buttons for saving, printing, emailing, and citing the article

5. When you click the Citation button, make sure that the button next to APA is selected. Then, copy and paste the citation into your Google doc for the References page of your background research paper.

screen shot of citation information for an article from Science Online with APA formatting selected


Directions for searching in Science Reference Center

1. Select the Advanced Search option so that you have more ways to get the kinds of articles you need.

screen shot of Science Reference Center landing page with link to Advanced Search option boxed in red

2. Enter your topic in the search box and scroll down the page to the section labeled “Lexile Reading Level.”

  • Choosing your reading level in that box makes sure the articles you get will not be too difficult or too easy for you to read and understand. If you are not sure what level to choose, your teacher can help you.
  • You can select more than one level by holding down the Ctrl button and highlighting each level that you want.

screen shot of Science Reference Center advanced search screen with a red box drawn around the Lexile Reading Level option. Two reading levels are selected.

3. Click on an article title to see additional information about it, including an abstract (or summary). This abstract will help you decide whether the article will be useful for background research or not.

4. If you have read the abstract and want to use the article, look for a link in the top left that says “Full Text” to read the whole article.

5. Use the tool bar on the right side of the screen to print, save, email, and cite the article.

screen shot of an article page in Science Reference Center with boxes around the full text link, the abstract, and the tool bar.

6. To cite the article, click on the Cite button on the tool bar and be sure to copy and paste the APA style citation into your Google doc for the References page of your background research paper.

screen shot of the citation format tool in Science Reference Center with an arrow pointing to the APA style citation and a red box around the actual citation.