SKC School LibraryNeed Help with Research Projects?
- This site has tons of information — all geared for finding what you need on the Web.
- This site has all kinds of information if you are stuck on a research project and don’t know what to do next.
Tips For Searching with Search Engines
- Be as specific as possible. Start with specific terms or phrases, and then choose more general terms or use fewer terms if you are unsuccessful.
- Enclose phrases in quotation marks. This is very effective when using most search engines.
- Enter proper names with capital letters. Search engines are case-sensitive.
- Word order can be important. Enter your most important concept first.
- Be aware of ambiguous words. Think of the possible various meanings of words when conducting a search (e.g., China vs. china dishes or Ireland vs. Kathy Ireland).
- If you don’t find what you want in the first twenty-five to thirty hits, start over. Change or modify your search.
- Learn one or two search engines well.
Search Engines for Students
- Ask Jeeves for Kids has consistently been rated one of the best, if not the best, search engine for children (intermediate school and younger).
- Awesome Library offers different “libraries” for teachers, kids, teens, parents, librarians, and the community.
- This site has a lot of information–all geared for elementary students.
- Yahooligans! is the kids’ version of Yahoo!, the mother of all directory search engines. It is explicitly designed for children ages seven to twelve years old.
- Children’s librarians have categorized thousands of sites by subject, so that you can easily discover great sites for math games, butterflies, prime ministers, physics, pharaohs, etc.; This site is great for primary kids. You can specify what reading level for the selections.
- Look up words in a dictionary or thesarus, plus word games, etc.
- The Little Explorers picture dictionary is great for younger kids to look things up.
- Entries can be brief but helpful.
- Encyclopedia.com provides informational articles, atlas information, sounds, table, pictures, and videos on thousands of different topics.
- An encyclopedia on mythology, folklore and legend.
Reference Sites (Sites that can answer Questions)
- Fact Monster combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and free, individualized homework help.
- This site has information on a wide number of subjects.
- Clear, straightforward information on how stuff (everyday to fascinating) works.