Search Engines For Students

Custom Searches:

Google Custom Animal Research Search

When do we use each of these resources?

If you want fast, brief information on current topics (such as sports scores or weather reports) choose Google. Type the specific information you're looking for into the search box, taking care to spell all of the words correctly. If there are terms you'd like to keep together (such as African elephant) put the two words next to each other in quotation marks and the computer will only provide you with exact matches of both words in that order.

Do you need print sources from magazines or books? Search Kids InfoBits, KidSearch or Searchasaurus. These databases are provided from the state of Minnesota free of charge to all schools and libraries (Thanks Minnesota!). They are periodical databases (magazine indexes) and will list recent articles that have been printed based on your topic. They are great for research reports! Additional resources from the same source geared for adults and older students can be found on the Sartell High School and Middle School links.

Do you have a quick specific question you'd like answered? Ask it on Ask Jeeves for Kids. This is perfect for those "Why is the sky blue?" type of questions. Although you won't get a lengthy answer, you will get a "quick & easy" answer to your question, or others like it. Another site that gives you quick, easy information is - which is an almanac site.

A great dictionary can be found at WordCentral. This site not only features a great dictionary, it also has a thesaurus and many word activities.

If you need information about states and countries, try CultureGrams. Additionally, has updated statistical information about states and countries, and features a timeline of historical events.

If it's an encyclopedia you need, try Encyclopedia Britannica. This is a great way to browse topics or find current information for a research project. It is updated on a regular basis and is at a good reading level for elementary students.

Additional resources can be found on the subject resource page. Included here are links for specific math, language arts, science and social studies areas. Check them out!