Below are some great research tools that are available either free or by subscription through our school. For more resources including teaching ideas, web tools and professional development, visit Best of the Net site.
Answers.com - Encyclopedias and reference galore! A unique search engine that primarily uses only reputable reference sources. The results don't come back as links but rather a nicely formatted page with information (text, audio, pictures) directly on the page. All references are cited in APA or MLA format.
Wikipedia - multilingual Web-based free-content encyclopedia wiki service. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers, allowing most articles to be changed by anyone with access to a web browser.
Internet Public Library - large collection of evaluated web resources in all content areas. Visitors can ask questions to volunteer staff.
Clusty - Clustered search engine that breaks down a search into categories (photos, timelines, biographies, etc) for more targeted searching. It is also has meta search capabilities where you can search across other specific information sources.
ChaCha Search - search engine that gives you the option of chatting with a live person who can assist with your research.
KidsClick! - created by a group of librarians guiding young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.
Fact Monster - general references geared toward K-6 students.
Citation Machine - Bibliography generator for many different traditional and electronic resources. MLA and APA formats. Don't forget to cite your sources!
JP2 Community Bookmarks - collection of staff generated bookmarks
For access information, please contact Sherry Lamb, Librarian or Mary Raymond, Technology Coordinator.