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Kid Search // Subject Guides // Deep Web Content // Search Engine // Educational Search // Meta-Crawlers          

Conducting Research on the Internet   // Evaluating Internet Resources   //  Advanced On-line Searching

Kid Search

blink eye KidsClick! Web Searchcreated by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System. No advertising.

SurfMonkey Kids Channel -A fun and family-friendly Web directory, where every link is guaranteed to be great for kids. Comes with a SurfMonkey Bar for safer surfing.

The Discovery.com  - Browser Booster: fun and friendly Web surfing through family-safe, customizable features and the latest multimedia tools.

Ask Jeeves for Kids! -Great place for kids and teachers to ask questions, get support or just check spelling.

Yahooligans! -This is a popular search engine for kids. Good to use when your kids are "surfing the net."

Fact Monster - This is a truly impressive site that provides students and teachers with online reference materials plus a whole lot more that could be used in your classroom on a daily basis. 

4Kids.org  -  Your link to the latest tecKNOWLEDGEy on the Web'. You can find great kids' Web sites, Ask Amy questions about the web, Speak Out! in our weekly topic question or just play with our Fun Stuff.

The Internet Public Library Youth Division - Online library for all students. Quite extensive.

Explore the Internet with Dr. I. : - Dr. Internet will help you explore science and math fun and facts on the Internet! Dr. Internet will help you to find stuff that can help with your homework or your science project or is just cool!

Ask Dr. Universe!  - Dr. W.S. Universe is as smart as she is curious. And ... she has a whole university ready to tackle your question

The Discovery Portal -  Browser Booster: fun and friendly Web surfing through family-safe, customizable features and the latest multimedia tools.

Subject Guides
- for browsing general topics.

Yahoo -About 1 million. Scarce descriptions and annotations. Biggest and most famous directory around. Many directories and search engines

Academic Info -Rich selection. Selected as "college and research level Internet resources" aimed at "at the undergraduate level or above." Many full-text resources.

Librarians' Index -Over 6,600 compiled by public librarians in information supply business. Highest quality sites only. Great, reliable annotations.

The Internet Public Library: Youth Division -Online library for all students. Quite extensive.

The WWW Virtual Library -Non-commercial directory of the Virtual Library. An expert-run catalog, focusing on academic topics.

About.com -About 1 million Generally good annotations done by "Guides" with various levels of expertise.


Infomine -Over 20,000 great, reliable annotations. Co-operatively compiled by university & college-level, academic librarians of the UC campuses.


Deep Web Content- information that is stored in databases as well as multimedia that is "invisible" to search engines.

CompletePlanet - offers searchable access to thousands of databases on the "deep Web" for results that include summaries from the retrieved site
Search Engine -for specific information. Some of the most popular search engines on the Net only cover between one and four percent of all Web sites.

Google -Perhaps the largest search engine on the Web, capable of searching 1,247,340,000 web pages.

Teoma - Subject-specific popularity searching.

AltaVista -One of the largest and most comprehensive search engines available, it searches the entire HTML file.

Excite -Concept searching is a strong feature for narrowing down the search.

HotBot -Has some unique search features that make this a very useful search engine, including sorting results by date or media type.

Infoseek -One of the most accurate engines on the Web; pays close attention to all search terms and the Boolean logic specified.

Lycos -One of the oldest search tools on the Internet, but keeping up-to-date with a variety of result options available.

Northern Light -Good, extensive content, grouping your results into folders that let you eliminate whole categories of false hits.

Fast Search is one of the most comprehensive and fastest general Web search engine available. Its Advanced Search allows you to formulate very complex search strategies

Snap -Clean design and fast growing.

DirectHit -Aims for relevance using popularity factor.

Ask Jeeves! -Trusty information servant for millions. Employ him to find sites relating to any subject simply by asking in plain English.

Educational Search Engines

EJournal Search -Online electronic journals, and library services such as electronic reserve with access to course materials. Electronic theses, dissertations and digital images. Special Collections, including rare books, manuscript collections, and the University Archives.

ERIC -Search the World Wide Web sites of all ERIC clearinghouses and components.

Education World -a search engine for educational web sites only, designed to be a resource guide for educators. Their goal is to make it easy for educators to integrate the Internet into the classroom

Teaching & Learning on the Web -A large, dyanmic, searchable collection of hundreds of web sites that are used for learning.

Metasearch sites or metacrawlers send searches to several search engines (their best use is to find hits on obscure items or to see if something is on the Internet.)

Dogpile    Inference Find   Mamma    Metacrawler    SavvySearch    Webcrawler

Magellan Internet Guide -Magellan's technology can figure out relationships between words and concepts/ideas, broadening your search. 50 million Web sites in their database.


Quick Tip!
When should I use a subject directory?
  • When you have a broad topic or idea to research
  • When you want to see a list of sites on your topic often recommended and annotated by experts
  • When you want to retrieve a list of sites relevant to your topic, rather than numerous individual pages contained within these sites
  • When you want to search for the site title, annotation and (if available) assigned keywords to retrieve relevant material rather than the full text of a document
  • When you want to avoid viewing low-content documents that often turn up on search engines
When should I use a search engine?
  • When you have a narrow or obscure topic or idea to research
  • When you are looking for a specific site
  • When you want to search the full text of millions of pages
  • When you want to retrieve a large number of documents on your topic
  • When you want to search for particular types of documents, file types, source locations, languages, date last modified, etc.
  • When you want to take advantage of newer retrieval technologies such as concept clustering, ranking by popularity, link ranking, and so on
When should I use the deep Web?
  • When you want dynamically changing content such as the latest news, job postings, available airline flights, etc.
  • When you want to find information that is normally stored in a database, such as a phone book listing, listings of lawyers, doctors, etc. in a particular location, searchable collections of laws, geographical and company data, and so on.

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