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Searching the Web for Teachers
Searching the Web for Kids

Search Engines and Subject Directories for Kids

  • Ask for Kids
    Formerly known as Ask Jeeves for Kids, this site is a fast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to search online
  • Kids Click!
    Search engine/subject directory for students created by librarians that includes reading level and number of graphics.
  • Yahoo! Kids
    Formerly known as Yahooligans, this site features fun and educational resources for kids with games, animals, music, jokes, movies, news, astrology, TV, science, e-cards, reference, and more
  • Ivy Coloring Page Search Engine
    Ivy's print and color search engine allows you to search the web for coloring pages for kids

Research Sites for Kids

  • FactMonster
    A free reference site for students, teachers, and parents that provides homework help and facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education, and health
  • Awesome Library
    Awesome Library organizes 33,000 carefully reviewed K-12 education resources, including its own search engine
  • KidsSpace @ The Internet Public Library
    Subject lists with links to first-rate websites where you can learn about math and science, arts and music, reading, and other fun topics.
  • American Library Association Great Web Sites for Kids
    Recommended sites for school-aged children and their parents. Created by librarians who work with children and the Web every day.
  • Quiz Hub: The Fun K-12 Online Interactive Learning Center
    Quiz Hub is a fun, user-friendly, K-12 online interactive learning center that includes interactive online educational games, puzzles, quizzes for elementary, middle, and high school students.
  • Word Central
    Merriam-Webster's Word Central offers kids a student dictionary, Daily Buzzword, and interactive word games. Includes homework help and lesson plans for parents and teachers.

General Search Engines

Subject Directories

  • Internet Public Library
    The Internet Public Library (IPL) features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative web sites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines; and the Ask A Question online reference service
  • Yahoo!
    The original subject directory that's still going strong

Specialized Search Tools

  • 411- People Find
    Search engine to locate addresses, phone numbers or email addresses of people
  • Clusty
    Clusty queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. Instead of delivering millions of search results in one long list, this search engine groups similar results together into clusters that help you see your search results by topic.
  • Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items. The collections include books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.
    Domain Name Search Engine

Search Engines for Sounds, Videos, Pictures

Combination Search Tools

Meta Search Tools

  • What Are "Meta-Search" Engines? How Do They Work?
    In a meta-search engine, you submit keywords in its search box, and it transmits your search simultaneously to several individual search engines and their databases of web pages. Within a few seconds, you get back results from all the search engines queried. Meta-search engines do not own a database of Web pages; they send your search terms to the databases maintained by search engine companies.
  • All4One
  • DogPile
  • Kartoo
  • MetaCrawler

Searching the Invisible Web

Search Engines that index interactive databases that won't appear in other search engines queries.

Using Search Engines Effectively

  • Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
    This site provides information on the following topics
    • Finding Information on the Internet
    • World Wide Web searching
    • Choosing the best search tools or engines to refine searches and get the documents you want
    • Evaluating Web Sites
  • Search Engine Watch
    A site featuring regularly updated information on search engines and searching tips