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Search engines fascinate me. A user's choice of them is almost endless. New ones come into being. The more established ones are often up-dated in a never-ending attempt to be fresh and inviting.

When I work with students (grades 6-12) who are trying to use the Internet, I want plain ones. Those that are free of advertising and the search box is very obvious. Two that meet these requirements are:

  • http://www.wisenut.com and
  • http://www.google.com.

    A couple more search engines are almost meet my requirements:
  • http://www.altavista.com and
  • http://www.northernlight.com.

    Both of these have an obvious search box; however there are lots of preexisting links on each page. Perhaps they might be helpful to some users; however, I find many students are distracted by the extras.

    For those who think one engine is as good as another, I issue this challenge. Pick a subject to research. Then try these four and some of the others you might use. I think you will find that different links are found in each.

  • Other search engines to try:
  • About ** http://www.about.com

  • Dogpile ** http://www.dogpile.com/index.gsp

  • Heysmarty ** http://www.heysmarty.com. This one wants you to register and doesn't provide a search box until you do. There are subject links but you can't go directly to the information. This is much more time consuming.

  • Web search ** http://websearch.about.com/?once=true&. Part of About.com giving information about searching and the changes in the engines.

  • Mamma ** http://www.mamma.com. Bills itself as the Mother of all search engines.

  • Ask Jeeves ** http://www.askjeeves.com. My students like this one because you can type in a question in natural language. It now has a separate children's engine found at: http://www.ajkids.com.

  • CyberSleuth Kids Student Homework Helper ** http://cybersleuth-kids.com/.

    Homework, for those of us old enough to remember the olden days before computers, used to be completed with ancient implements called pencils on paper. If the assignment was a research paper of some sort, this meant the added chore of trudging down to the local library to comb through cards and stacks for articles about Genghis Kahn or Pittsburgh's annual steel production. Thank goodness those days are long gone. Modern students need only type the term 'Genghis Kahn' into Google, and thousands of mostly spurious articles will appear with which students can cut and paste to their hearts' content. For students who would like direction to valid sites, however, CyberSleuth Kids has gathered links to pertinent pages, and it's organized them into handy research friendly groupings such as history, math, and computers. There are numerous links in each category, and many are off the beaten path.

  • Simplify Your Searching - With Google! ** http://www.google.com

    The Internet gives us so much information at our fingertips. Do you need a tool to help you access exactly what you are searching for in a time saving manner? By using the popular search engine, Google, it will do just that. Simply go to http://www.google.com. Scroll to Google search and enter the topic you are searching for. Then click Google Search or press enter on your keyboard. This will offer several sites to view that contain that topic.

    Make your holiday shopping more simple. Create the Google toolbar on your homepage for easy access. Go to www.google.com, click on "Service & Tools". Scroll down to the "Google Toolbar" and click on it. Click on "Get the Google Toolbar". Click on "I agree to the terms to install the Google Toolbar". Click on "Install with Advanced Features" or "Install without Advanced Features". Now you will see the Google search box in your toolbar. Simply enter that hard to find toy or special gift for the holidays and enjoy the convenience of shopping from your home!

  • The following search engine list found below this introduction are Education Specific. That is to say, they are capable of searching educational topics only! We have added a brief summary and categorized each search engine for your convenience. Enjoy and Happy Researching.


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    "Tell me and I may forget.
    Show me and I may remember.
    Involve me and I will understand."

    {Chinese Proverb - Author unknown}

    Educational Resource Databases - For Teachers

    • http://www.bigchalk.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WOPortal.woa/db/Home.html
      New Reference for parents, teachers, librarians and students. BigChalk.com is a commercial website that is part of; "The Education Network". It provides a free online search engine and reference services in the K-12 educational and public library markets.

    • http://www.ipl.org/ref/RR/
      NewReference for parents, teachers and students. The Internet Public Library {IPL} General/Reference Collection is a collection of Internet resources gathered together with the needs of the Internet community in mind.

    • http://ali.apple.com/ali/resources.shtml
      NewALI - Apple Learining Interchange Learning Resources are safe and relevant pieces of information carefully selected and cataloged by educators then organized by type, subject and learning level for you to access easily.

    • http://www.marcopolosearch.org/mpsearch/basic_search.asp
      NewThe MarcoPolo Worldcom program provides no-cost, online resources which include panel-reviewed links to top sites in many disciplines, professionally developed lesson plans, classroom activities, materials to help with daily classroom planning, and powerful search engines.

    • http://www.educationworld.com/search/adv_search.jhtml
      NewEducation World's Advanced Search feature allows you to perform highly customized queries. As with the basic search, you supply space-separated keywords in the box and click the search button. However, Advanced Search provides additional controls useful for refining your results. Search over 500,000 Web Resources from this site.

    • http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ej-search.html
      EJournal Search ~ Formally known as digital library archives. This site is constantly modified and updated. ~ You are able to search for educational documentation on-line either within their own data base or throughout the internet.

    • http://ericir.syr.edu/Search
      ERIC or Educational resources information center. You are able to
             * Search the ERIC Database:
             * Search the AskERIC:
                      - Lesson Plan Collection,
                      - Resource Collection,
                              and/or the
                      - Question Archive
             * Search the Mailing List Archives.

    • http://www.enc.org/resources/search/
      Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Main Database - Use a search engine and different terms to locate materials for your math and science classes. ENC collects and describes thousands of resources from hundreds of organizations and publishers.

    • http://www.pedagonet.com
      Pedagonet is a Learning resources search engine where you can do the following:
            View the learning resources database,
            Post your learning resource into the database,
            View the learning resources wanted by others,
            Post a request to find a learning resource material.

    • http://lib-www.ucr.edu
      InfoMine - Scholarly Internet Resources including:
            Instructional Resources: K-12
            Instructional Resources: University

      Educational Testing Resource Databases

    • http://www.cse.ucla.edu
      NewCRESST - Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing - CRESST is affiliated with the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA.

    • http://www.act.org/search
      NewACT is an independent nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of assessment, career planning, financial aid, research, and related services to educational institutions, government agencies, and businesses in this country and overseas.

    • http://www.ets.org/index.html
      NewThe Educational Testing Service Network site includes;
            Quick Access Topics To:
            Find A Test ][ Find a Test Center ][ Register for a Test ][ Practice for a Test
      Note: This is just the tip, there is much more.

    • http://www.review.com
      Search and review undergraduate schools and testing services.

    Classroom Resource Databases - For Students

    • http://www.yahooligans.com
      NewYahooligans.com is sited as a Web Guide for Kids. There is a search engine and topics for all academic areas. The search engine links the searcher to resources and information for students.

    • http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/liststudentsu.html
      NewAn Internet Hotlist on Student Sites created by Suzie Roseman from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board - OCDSB { Canadian} contains the following index headings:
      • Introduction
      • Science
      • Language Arts
      • Social Studies
      • Math
      • Research & Homework
    • http://www.tekmom.com/search
      NewTek Mom's Search Tools for Students ~ This site was designed to provide research options for students who need to do Web searches, but who might not want to use the popular search engines which return links from the entire Web. There are many wonderful resources for students, and I have included my favorites on this page.

    • http://www.awesomelibrary.org
      NewAwesome Library ~ This site organizes the Web with 19,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education. It is all inclusive ~ students, parents, and teachers.

      PD Academic - Undergraduate / Graduate - DataBases

    • http://www.petersons.com/
      NewThomson Peterson's search engine for colleges and universities, graduate programs and much more.

    • http://www.asd.com
      NewAmerican School Directory - Find vital school information on all 108,000 K-12 schools in America. View calendars, menus, contact information, wish lists and even student artwork.

    • http://www.gradschools.com/noformsearch.html
      Grad Schools.Com ~ Maintains a directory of Graduate Schools by subject. 53,574 Graduate Program Listings as of 3/22/02 and growing daily!

    • http://apps.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp
      Collegeboard.com ~ Find the right colleges. Searches include the latest info on 3,500+ schools.

      Financing Education DataBases

    • http://www.scholarship-page.com/index.shtml
      Scholarship page index ~ Financial AID Search.

    • http://www.finaid.org/
      The SmartStudentTM Guide to Financial Aid. Need money for college? Use FastWeb's to find all the awards for which you qualify.

      Educational Resources Outside North America

    • http://www.spanishschools.org/ss/index.asp
      Check this one out if your interested in learning another language. In this case Spanish. Excerpt from the website. "...Spanish Schools is the recognized market leader in in-country Spanish language immersion courses. With over ten years of experience dedicated solely to Spanish language instruction, we take personal pride in the education of thousands of students taking our courses every year..."

    • http://www.lionpages-education.mersinet.co.uk/education
      Lionpages-Education - UK education Search Engine. Note this site seems to be on a redirect mode! If you end up at a site with the address -- http://www.lionpages.com/ -- it appears to be the same search engine. You may use your BACK button to get back to the original page for now.

    • http://www.studyabroad.com/searchbycountry.html
      Study Abroad By country check this search engine out. You may not have to go any further in your research!

    • http://www.studyabroadlinks.com
      Study Abroad Links ~ Academic Discoveries International maintains, "The Study Abroad Links Search Engine & Directory". It is available in both English and Japanese versions, and features links and information on study abroad and educational travel opportunities worldwide. It is designed to be an easy-to-use and practical starting point for anyone who is looking for information and resources to assist them in selecting a school, program or tour for study abroad or educational travel.

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