Research Sites & Search Engines for Students

Get the Most from Your Internet Searches
Use this page to discover ways to search effectively on the Internet.
Online Databases
"OneKey partnered with provides the largest database of kid safe sites. With a resource library that has the best that the Net has to offer, OneKey is the best starting point for users that are tired of looking for information on their own. Information is power and OneKey unlocks the power of the Net."
Boolify Project
Boolify makes it easier for students to understand their web search by illustrating the logic of their search, and by showing them how each change to their search instantly changes their results.

Ask for Kids
Type in your question and see what results appear.

Similar to Ask for Kids, but you will get more results.

Clusty is a whole new way to search the web. Check it out.

Quintura for Kids
The Quintura 'cloud' shows you keywords that help you narrow your search. Use the cloud keywords, the rotating icons, or type in your subject to find the information you need.

Wiki Answers
"WikiAnswers is a wiki-based Q&A project powered by contributors from all walks of life. Anyone can ask, answer or edit questions, building a global Q&A database, covering all topics."

Kids Web -Minuteman Kids Catalog
A collection of searching sites for students. Homework Spot; Kids Gov; Kids Space Internet Public Library, Homework Center, Kids Click, PBS Kids

MSN Encarta
Encyclopedia Article Center

World Book Online Reference Center
Encyclopedia, Atlas, Dictionary, and more
Tekmom's Search Tools for Students
This is the place to go to search the Internet if you are a student.  There are search engines and references sites to help you find the answers to your questions.
Ivy's Search Engine Resources for Kids
Here you will find search forms for the major Internet search engines for kids.
Below these are Internet search engine links, links to web guides for kids, some specialized search engine forms and specialized search engine links of interest to kids.
At the bottom there are links to family friendly or general WWW filtered search engines and links to more pages like this.
Academy of Achievement
The Academy of Achievement brings students face-to-face with the extraordinary leaders, thinkers and pioneers who have shaped our world.
Fact Monster
Your one stop site for an atlas, almanac, dictionary, or encyclopedia.  You can go to any main subject instantly by clicking on the buttons at the left side of the screen.

The Free Dictionary
English, Medical, Legal, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one!

An Internet Search Guide for the K-12 student.
Noodle Tools
Need to include a bibliography? Not sure how to write the entry for your book, web page, or article? Here's a web site for you. Choose 'one citation', select your citation type, enter the information, generate the citation, copy & paste it into your bibliography.
Internet Public Library Kidspace
Here is a resource developed by the University of Michigan.  Of particular interest is Stately Knowledge to help you learn some facts about any of the 50 states and Washington D.C.
Kidport is an Internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. It provides a unique, multi-step program to create empowered learners, not simply good students.  Select your grade, then select the subject area of interest.
You can also go to the Reference Library Index.
Know Play?
A reference site for definitions, thesaurus, rhymes, encyclopedia, quotations, world atlas, CIA fact book, fine artists, and acronyms.
"If you’re not familiar with BrainPOP, the site features Science, Math, English, Health and Technology subjects that correspond to National Science, English and Math Standards for 3-8 grades. Each subject contains a 2-4 minute Animated Movie and an Interactive Quiz."
Needham School has a membership so you can sign in and view as many of the movies as you want to see.  Ask for our UserName and password.
How Stuff Works
If you have a question about how something works, check here to look for the answer.  From fireworks to snowmakers to CD's to hypnosis to televisions and so much more; there are explanations here about how things work.
Discovery School for Students
" has changed, but it still has tools to help you study, games to challenge your mind, and tons of great clip art to use. In addition, there are nearly a dozen learning adventures that let you explore everything from Ancient Egypt to the Space Station."
Need a calculator?  Check this site and find different types of calculators to help you solve your problems.
All the Information in the Known Universe
From the Kentucky Virtual Library. Start here and learn how to plan, search, use the web, take notes, use the information you learned, and then share what you've discovered.

Google is one of the most popular search engines in use today. It may give the students many more 'hits' than they can easily and effectively use in their search for information. The Advanced Search features allow results to be more selective. Google Images may connect students to inappropriate graphics, the use of Google Images is not recommended for elementary school students.

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page updated October 2009