Need Help with Research Projects?
School Cyber Themes
- This site has tons of information -- all geared for finding what you need on the Web.
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
- 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.
Google for Kids
- 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.
- The Little Explorers picture dictionary is great for younger kids to look things up.
- Encyclopedia.com provides informational articles, atlas information, sounds, table, pictures, and videos on thousands of different topics.
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.
How Stuff Works
- Clear, straightforward information on how stuff (everyday to fascinating) works.