Search Tools

For Social Studies searches 


Image Searches

free stock photos
Encyclopedia of Life
for viewing photos & drawings of creatures and the taxonomy
for images, music & videos for educational purposes but must attribute!
for viewing photos & videos
Google Image Search
can now limit search to photos by doing Advanced Search
Make your images completely interactive by adding links, videos, text, 
and more with your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Add your own picture and embed information or pull images from other sites (with permission) and add facts to those. Take a regular digital image and make it come alive!

Multimedia Gallery-large collections of educational videos, animations, podcasts, and image galleries for science topics

find creative common images

free online photo editor
Great site for free school clip art.
Open Clip Art
free clip art
Find icons
free icons

 Why Do Students Need Databases (video)

Search Engines & Directories A-Z | Searching w/ Success Tutorial | You Quote it, You Note It! tutorial |Student Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism | Choose the Best Search for your Need | Boolify | Joyce Valenza's WebQuests about Search Tools and Evaluating Sites | How to Choose a Search Engine or Directory See also Computer page for other topics. 
(Visit Basic Search Strategies) and Choosing the Best Search Engine or Noodlequest  if you are new to doing searches. 
 Search Engine Features Chart | Search Engine Definitions | Glossary of Internet & Web Jargon | Search Engine Terms | Search Terms Glossary | Model Information Retrieval Glossary | Pandia Tutorial

When beginning reports, homework or research projects, it is helpful to follow the Big6 steps for information problem solving.  Big6 Tutorial | Flip It! | How to Study | Plan Your Research | How to do Research Game | Basic Steps to Create a Research Project | Research & Style Manual | Research Self-Assessment Check | How to Study | Research Rocket Tutorial* | How to Do Research | NoodleQuest | A Basic Tutorial on Searching the Web | Boolean Searching Seven Steps Toward Better Searching

Web Site Evaluation | The Good, the Bad & the Ugly | Kathy Schrock ABC's | Kathy Schrock | Quick | 5 Criteria | 21st Century Information Fluency | Key Ideas | 

Bibliography Tools
  | BibMe | Ottobib - books only, by ISBN # | Easybib | Citation Machine | Citation Maker | Citation Center | Citing Sources | KnightCite | MLA Citation Generator | Noodletools | Citing Online Sources | Purdue OWL |

From udtechtoolkit, these great free resources and more, available from anywhere
Free Collaboration Tools
Free Research Tools 
Free Study Skills Tools 

Free Graphic Organizers 

Search Engines, Directories, Indexes, Databases Invisible Web Access & Clip Art

ABC Giant clip art for backgrounds, textures, 3D balls, page dividers, fonts and more 
About hires people skilled in individual disciplines to collect and review resources useful to students and teachers. Not only do they recommend sites, but they also create their own short lesson plans and encyclopedic definitions in popular areas. 
Academic Reference & Research Index a gateway site to help locate valuable databases of the "invisible web," Accessing tens of thousands of academic reference and research sites recommended by teachers and librarians! 
Animation Central Original animations organized by categories such as sports, computers, books, Important: The categories are on the left side of the screen.
The Animation Factory Over 15,000 original animations free for use on your personal web pages and email. provides information on over a million topics, using over 100 reference sources, including Wikipedia, Columbia University Press, and Who2. The search is natural language, just put in your question.
Ask you get a thumbnail preview of the page in question.
Awesome Clip Art for Educators
Awesome Library . Over 18,000 carefully reviewed sites have been classified into a subject directory, specifically organized for teachers, students and parents. Information can be found by browsing or searching. 
Behold is a search engine for high-quality Flickr images. Behold looks for high quality images, so you don’t have to sift through hundreds of poorly taken pictures to find a good one. Behold uses both aesthetic and technical quality indicators to find some of the best images available online.
Bing for a Google alternative.
BevyFind A search engine that speeds up the searching process by combing different elements into one page
Blekko a wikipedia sort of search engine where web pages are ranked by humans
Blinkx searches more than seven million hours of video and is the largest repository of digital video on the Web
The Boolean Machine  See how Boolean searches work.
Boolify Boolify provides learners with a manipulative mental model for Boolean Search contruction. It can be used to teach and learn Boolean in a variety of settings.
Britannica Claims to be the Web's best search. 
BUBL LINK catalogue of selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas 
Classroom Clipart This site contains a large (13,700) collection of photographs, clipart, and historical images designed for use for educational purposes.  Searchable or browse by topical areas 
Clipart ETC Site Map Great site with alphabet, history math and other educational clip art.
ClipArt.Com The net's best clipart, font, photo and web graphic links. Educational Clip Art From Teacher 
Clip Art for Libraries
Clipart 4 Schools Organized into categories. The site has clipart and animations. You can even search within categories. Some categories are music, food, outdoors (which includes sports), entertainment, cartoons, animals, people, agriculture, landscape, nature, international, computers, email, and education. Can choose number of images to display on page and can sort alphabetically, by popularity, etc. 
Clip Art Searcher  Search for Clip art on this specialized search engine. 
Clip Art Connection more free graphics 
Clip Art from Education World by category for school use
Clip Art Gallery from, a topical index of original and well-drawn images with permission for non-profit use of a certain number of images 
Clip Art Guide 
Clip Art Hotlist School related links to graphics & backgrounds 
Clip Art from Imagechef
Clip Art Index arranged by topic, excellent holiday clip art 
Clip Art from Microsoft
Clip Art List from Shambles
Clip Art Warehouse you'll find literally thousands of gif animations, simply click on any of the categories below. Once you've clicked on a category you'll be shown a list of the available animations with description, file size and dimensions. 
ClipsAhoy school & education related clip art 
Collect Britain Over 90,000 images and sounds from the UK and beyond," from the British Library's holdings, including images of illuminated manuscripts, hundreds of maps of Britain from 800-1600, "1,800 printed items from everyday 19th century life," rare items from their stamp collections, recordings of English dialects, and much more.
Collecta a real time search engine, it is easy to use and offers a number of filtering options (in the left margin, right below the search box and your query): Stories (blog posts, articles) Comments on blog posts Updates (Twitter, Jaiku, Identica) Photos (Flickr, TwitPic, yFrog) Videos (YouTube, Ustream) 

Complete Planet The Deep Web directory of over 70,000 searchable databases and specialty search engines.
CoolArchive CoolArchive has over 300 animations, 120 original backgrounds, over 1000 free clipart images in 30 categories. Some categories are aircrafts, animals, entertainment, computers, music, nature, sports & games, vehicles. You can even edit the images online using the site's free image editor. It will enable you to rotate, crop, resize, and to add effects like color changes or making the image look like a button. 
Copyright-Free Photo Archives 
Copyright Friendly images and sound wiki from Joyce Valenza
Corbis The place for pictures on the Internet, stock photographs and pictures. 
CyberSleuth Kids An Internet search guide especially for K-12 students. 
Daily Clip Art is a free clip art site with images related to animals, flowers, food, music, sports, weddings and other categories. You can browse the website or sign up to receive a new clip art image daily, that can be used in your web site, schoolwork, presentations, and other projects.
Complete Planet 70,000 databases to access the invisible web. 6/20/09
Digital Librarian A librarian's choice of the best of the Web. 
Dibdabdoo The Dibdabdoo database was created by a parent interested in keeping kids safe online. Links to the Dibdabdoo database are not added through software that crawls the Internet and adds pages indiscriminately. According to the site, Dibdabdoo is a Meta engine that crawls only those sites that have been reviewed by humans and declared to be kid/teen safe. Included at the site are games and fun stuff as well as comics with characters that are based on the personalities of the author's children. 
Discovery School Clip Art Gallery  Discovery School now makes it easy to add graphics to your next project, whether it's for home or school. Choose from hundreds of original clip art pieces, including animations! 

Dogpile is now combining results from Bing, Google, Yahoo, and Ask Jeeves.
DoodleBuzz: This might be the most addicting search engine ever! Launch DoodleBuzz and type a search term. Then draw a line, scribble or anything and your results will be populated along your scribble. Try this on your projector and you will hear an audible gasp from your students. To learn more about a search result, click it and drag a new "doodle." If the search result was an article, a preview of the text is displayed. This is a really cool demonstration on an interactive whiteboard. Honestly, using this site can be a little overwhelming. However, DoodleBuzz is an excellent tool for brainstorming ideas and exploring the connections of content.

Dr. Alice Christie's Web Tool Kit school gifs 
duck duck go offers quick and useful previews of the sites in the search results, so you don’t have to click through to know if you’ve found what you are looking for.
Education World Over 500,000 sites of interest to educators. Browsable or searchable, with the ability to narrow in by appropriate grade level.
eyePlorer A unique and excellent search engine designed around a wheel format that lets a user take notes via an online widget.
Factbites a cross between a search engine and an encyclopedia.
Family Friendly Search A meta-search engine just for kids. The interface allows simultaneous searching of kid-safe engines such as Yahooligans, AOL Kids, and KidsClick. Results display the names of the search engine that found the hit, and, more importantly, a translation option using Altavista’s Babelfish technology.
Family Source family safe web pages.

FindSounds for over 100 downloadable free sound clips of sound effects & musical instrument samples. 
FirstGov for Kids  This U.S. government interagency Kids' Portal provides links to Federal kids' sites along with some of the best kids' sites from other organizations all grouped by subject. Look for state report 
information as well as music and transportation. 
FlamingText Free online tool for generating custom webpage graphics 
Flickr almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. It lets users specify a CC search near the bottom of the very long set of options: See also Behold above.
FlickrStorm | FlickrStorm is a search for Flickr. 
It works by looking for more than what you enter to find related and more relevant images. See also Behold above. 
 | Clicking a topic brings up a page containing The Basics -- both an easy and hard definition of the selected topic; 4 2 eXplore -- four subtopics, each with a number of educationally appropriate links; Be An Explorer -- several suggested activities related to the selected topic, along with online resources necessary for completing each activity.
Fotosearch The Fotosearch image search engine saves you time by allowing you to search over 700,000 images from over 50 stock photography, illustration, and video footage publishers at one website. We offer you linkware original graphics, page sets, icons, animated gifs, fonts & dingbats and more for your personal homepages and projects. Look for anything you may need, and you will find it here! 
FreeFoto is one of the largest collections of free photographs for private non-commercial use on the Internet. The comprehensive, yet easy to navigate site features 50 main sections with over 1000 sub headings. 
Free Gifs & Animations Browse for Gifs, Animations, Backgrounds, Accents and more using the menu on the left. 
FunDraw is a free web-based drawing tool, as well as a great free clip art library. You can also draw something yourself (or use the free clip art and add text), and with a few clicks it can be transferred to a shirt, mug, mousepad, or greeting card.
Galaxy Galaxy is the oldest searchable Internet directory. Theirr mission is to provide contextually relevant, trustworthy information to visitors and partners by integrating state-of-the-art technology with the human touch. 
GIF Animations hotlist 
Giphy animated GIFs
GIFWorks an online GIF image editor. 
Go.Com  Also known as Infoseek, Alert! Overture pay-for-positioning site.
Google  Almost 2.5 billion pages indexed!  Add special buttons from Google to search from within other pages. Also, the advanced search field allows you to select the domain. When you search for Web pages in Google's famously large list, you can turn on SafeSearch to automatically exclude pages that have keywords, phrases, or URLs that are "adult." Take a look at the new 'google buttons'. These can really save you a lot of time. The 'Google Search' button is my favorite. (from google button page) Adding Google Browser Buttons to your personal toolbar gives you access to the same search technology available at, without taking away from your existing screen space.  With Google Search on your browser, you can search the Internet by simply highlighting a word (or phrase) on the page you are viewing and clicking the button.  The GoogleScout button is useful for finding web pages that are similar to the page you are viewing. For example, clicking the GoogleScout button while viewing a company's page will often show that company's competitors.  The button takes you to Google's homepage with just one click! 
Google Book Search When they find a book whose content contains a match for your search terms, they'll link to it in your search results. Click a book title and you'll see, like a card catalog entry, some basic information about the book. You may also see a few snippets of text from the book showing your search term in context. If the publisher or author has given them permission through their Partner Program then you'll see a few full pages from the book and if the book is out of copyright, you'll be able to page through the entire book. In all cases, you'll see links that lead directly to online bookstores where you can buy the book.
Google Directory Like Yahoo, the Google Directory is a human-compiled list of Web 
sites.  It is the Open Directory Project's list of Web sites with a Google interface overlay. Unlike Yahoo, the folks who compile the list of sites in each Google Directory/Open Directory Project category are (supposedly) experts in their particular subject areas.  The list of medieval sites is compiled by medievalists, the list of educational sites is compiled by educators. 
Google Earth Explorer 
Google Guide Interactive online google tutorial and references
Google Image Search finds images by matching search terms to the captions of image files, to adjacent text, "and dozens of other factors." Results pages contain up to twenty thumbnail images with name and size of image included. Clicking on the thumbnail brings a framed page with the larger version of the image in the top frame and the Web page on which the image is located in the bottom frame. Image searches are filtered by default, but you can turn off filtering at each searching session. 
Google Labs Where Google tests new technologies such as a glossary, keyboard shortcuts and  searches by telephone.
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
Google U.S. Government Search Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box. Below the search box, the homepage includes government-specific news content from both government agencies and press outlets. You can personalize the page by adding content feeds on government or other topics that you're interested in. 
Graphic Garden Free patterns, images, stationery, and other graphics can help spice up web sites. 
Graphics Library Index Sections include: African American related, Out West, Kith 'n Kin (vintage graphics), "Hot" Desktop Wallpapers, Backgrounds, School Daze, Creature Corner, Baby Book, and Seasonal. 
Hakia a new search engine that uses the power of natural language queries and semantic search.
Historic Artifacts & Library Documents search by keyword and date range, with the option to leave off image loading if it takes too much 
time. A search for "plow" found 13 results, with a thumbnail of the image and a title and summary. Click on the thumbnail or the title and you'll get 
information about the item, a larger view (and you can do some serious zooming in), detailed information (includes things like inscriptions, any text that might be on the item, references, and keywords) 
Historic Photos of U.S. The Bureau of Land Management's new online collection of 2,500 historical photographs covering the US from the 1890s-1980s. 
Hotbot The new HotBot is aimed at power searchers, control over their search results. HotBot is now effectively a unified front-end for the search catalogs of Google, FAST, Inktomi and Teoma.  You select which catalog you want to search with radio buttons above the 
search form.  After entering your search terms and seeing results from 
your selected engine, you can easily view the results from the others just 
by clicking their respective radio buttons. This isn't meta search -- HotBot is simply returning results from each selected engine in turn.  However, it's a terrific way to quickly compare 
the results of these four search catalogs without having to go to their 
home pages.  The new HotBot has many advanced search 
capabilities. By providing easy access to four of the web's most powerful search 
engines, combined with flexible and powerful filtering capabilities, the 
newly reinvigorated HotBot has regained its position as an essential tool 
for all serious web searchers. 
Human Clock Find out what time it is in pictures.
Image Search Tools for Kids
Image Search Engines over 60 search resources and over 40 external links. The top of the page is a search box and lots of query buttons to search a variety of resources. They're divided into categories including health, artwork, stock photos, and news & blogs. Underneath that are links to external resources which point to photographs, additional information about image searching, archives, link listings, and more.At the bottom you'll see some notes about graphics on the Web in general and a few useful links.
Infomine for scholarly look-ups 
Infoplease Kids' Almanac Reference provider
 Also known as "Factmonster," Information Please produces this site which provides facts and information oriented around the needs of children. 
InfoSpace a "people finder" site that offers search tools for telephone, email and address listings. 
Internet Public Library  IPL is a highly selective directory to excellent material on the Internet. Information is organized in collections.

Internet4Classrooms helps teachers use the Internet effectively with hundreds of links by grade level and subject area. 
iSpecies Living Things Round-Up Engine gets a page of results gathered from different places; genomics, images (from Google Images) and articles from Google Scholar. Search for an animal by its common name, be sure to run another search for its scientific name.Also fun, adding modifiers to the animal name. Results for albino cat or feral cat were much more specific and useful than a general cat search. And don't only stick to real animals either -- searching for centaur brings both images and papers from Google Scholar in its results.
Ithaki metasearch engine, you'll be searching Google, Yahoo, Wisenut, Teoma, Open Directory, Alltheweb, Altavista, Hotbot and Webcrawler. 
Ixquick search the Web, Usenet, and for MP3 music files and images. It queries most major search engines and is very fast. Translates your query into into each search engine's syntax. This allows you to use boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), quoted phrases, plus, minus, and wildcards.  Most metasearch tools do not handle complicated search terms well, so search nerds will love this one. Eliminates duplicates and gets rid of redundant entries. Shows stars for relevance - one star for each search engine that places a result in its top ten. Does not query Google, which is too bad because Google is one of the best search engines. Alert! Some Overture pay-for-positioning search engines used.
Kathy Schrock's Slide Show on Successful Web Search Strategies 
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Subject Directories 
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Search Engines, Metasearch Engines and the Invisible Web 
KidInfo Designed to provide students with links to homework help resources, this directory is organized into twelve subject areas: American history, art, computers, current events and newspapers, foreign languages, geography and social studies, health, English language skills, mathematics, music, sciences, and world history. Also includes reference resources: almanacs, atlases, calendars, career information, dictionaries, encyclopedias, library and ask-an-expert sites, museums, quotations, and study skills. Other sections include search engines for kids and fun sites (comics, hobbies, games, etc.). 
Kidsclick!  Organized by librarians, this site is also arranged by the Dewey System and has a web searching tutorial for kids. It also has suggested reading levels. 
Kid's Domain Clip Art thousands of original images which can be used legally for educational purposes. It is arranged by topic and is especially useful for kids, teachers, and school and children's librarians. has an  alphabetized list and subject index created and maintained by educators. 
KIDS.NET.AU 20,000 kid safe sites, this is for teachers who send their students on Web 
searches, and who want to keep things both suitable and safe. Directory of web sites, designed for kids ages 7 to 14. All sites are supposed to be appropriate for children. Adult-oriented banner ads do not appear. 
Kid's Search Tools  Several of the best child appropriate search engines at one site.
Kngine An excellent "web 3.0" search engine built on semantics.
Knowplay dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotation lookups, and is customizable. 

Librarian's Index to the Internet By librarians but for everyone with well-annotated sites.. 
Library of Congress News Photos The entire collection spans from the 1860s to the 1930s, but the majority of the photographs in the collection span the 1900s to the 1920s. There are two forms on the search page.. The top one is for searching the full keywords of the prints while the bottom one is for just searching subject headings and formats. Think full text search engine versus searchable subject index. 
Library of Congress search engine, directory and much more. LOC Web Sites & Databases 
LibrarySpot Encyclopedias, maps, online libraries, quotations, dictionaries & more 
Linkopedia Kidzone Rated and reviewed sites for children aged 2 to 10. 

Lumerias | Specialises in indexing video content.
MadScientist Search Form 
Mamma a "Smart Meta Search Engine." When the user enters a query at the website, Mamma's powerful proprietary technology simultaneously queries 10 of the major Search Engines and properly formats the words and syntax for each source being probed. Mamma then creates a virtual database, organizes the results into a uniform format and presents them by relevance and source. In this manner, provides the end user with a highly relevant and comprehensive set of search results. Alert! Overture pay-for-positioning search engines used.
Metacrawler From Search Engine Watch 09/02 ""Metacrawler is a hardcore site for the sophisticated searcher," said InfoSpace's Baur. Unlike Dogpile's approach of presenting results grouped by their original source, Metacrawler blends results based on relevancy
and performance.  Speed is emphasized -- if a particular engine isn't
processing a query quickly, its results won't be included in your
Metacrawler results. The source of each result is clearly labeled.  This lets you see that a particular result came from several search engines, or perhaps just a single one.  Seeing the attribution displayed like this offers clues that can help you decide whether to click through to the underlying page or not." 
Alert! Overture pay-for-positioning search engines used. 
Midomi Search for
 a tune by humming or singing into your microphone or enter a song, artist, or performer.
Moreover online news headlines from thousands of sources sorted into 700 categories see also reference page under "Media"
 allows quick, easy comparisons of the results of the same search on virtually any major engine.
news or images, as well as interactive maps and access to the Encarta
encyclopedia.(from Bob Rankin's Tourbus) Almost always lists relevant results on first attempt, though best results can be hard to find. Many duplicate results (though not as many as Google) make the list seem cluttered. If a query is somehow related to an MSN partner (a search for "CD players" suggests MSN's eShop first), results can be too numerous. Many dead links, but most do redirect to the site's home page. Actual search engine results are buried beneath whatever links MSN deems relevant ("top ten most popular sites," "featured sites," "sponsor sites," and "news clips"). At bottom, "shopping results" links directly to a site to buy, if pertinent. Advanced search "Stemming" feature lets you broaden results to include both word roots and word derivations, returning "hacking" and "hackers" when you search for "hacker." No place to add in extra search terms. Doesn't support quotation marks to specify an exact phrase inside the query. 
Automatically corrects spelling. 
Multnomah County Library Homework Center Internet subject directory, consists of Web resources that specifically concentrate on K-12, homework-related subjects. 
Nachofoto is a real time photo search engine that launched in April. Like all good real time search engines, they offer trending topics. The search results hold a lot of information: You get sets of 20 photos, the most recent at the top and then more sets below of more recent photos, sorted by source and time stamped. My favorite feature is a time slider at the top. Drag the slider to determine the time range. Nachofoto will get photos as old as one month.
NASA space images
National Image Library The National Image Library contains still photo images of wildlife, plants, National Wildlife Refuges and other scenics, as well as wildlife management work. You may search all the images through the National Image Library, or you may search by individual collection. 
New York Public Library Digital Gallery 360,000 digitized, public-domain images 
from books, magazines, postcards, posters, illuminated manuscripts, etc. There's a quick search on the front page. An advanced search allows you to search on different fields including title, image, and source code.
New York Public Library Databases and Indexes Online over 170 free online databases along with brief summaries of these databases. Included in this list of databases are very specific sites such as Europa, which lists current information on the countries in the European Union, to general databases such as World Factbook or Barteby's Reference database.
NOAA Photo Library 
Oamos A wonderful visual experience that is unlike anything else around.
OneHundred Top Clip Art Sites 
OneKey This “kid safe search engine” filters out sites that do not meet U.S. Network TV Standards for decency. More than 500 categories, quotes of the day, news, and top game sites provide hours of safe surfing. Young surfers will discover Web pages on books, ranging from classics such as Anne of Green Gables to recent bestsellers such as Goosebumps; Inventive Online, which contains interactive sites for activities such as creating a volcano; homework reference sources; and “Your Government”. 
Online Institute Clip Art Here you'll find links to many types of images and graphics, including animated gifs and free stuff for your website. 
Open Directory The most comprehensive directory of the web composed by a vast army of volunteer editors. 
Open Directory (DMOZ) for Kids & Teens The volunteers responsible for the Kids and Teens section have 
reviewed and organized 23,790 sites into fourteen subcategories.  Each site is briefly annotated and includes a recommended audience: kids, teens, or mature teens.
Pandia Search Engine Detective, news, tools and resources
Pics4Learning Clip Art Copyright-friendly pics for education. 
Pinakes a subject launchpad. 
Podcast Alley the place to find podcasts. the big directory
Podcast Network
Podcast Pickle has a metasearch engine called Podcast Inspector.
Podscope audio & video searches

Poly Cola compares two search engine's hits in a side by side split screen.

Project Gutenberg Search for literature & other great works. 

Qwiki puts your query into a video! Try your hometown or a famous person or place. A new way to receive information.
Research Channel Search for live Webcasts and from a video library of nearly 3,000 scholarly programs, with new releases added each week.
RocketNews Search Engine Search over 3000 sources for news stories and specify the age of the stories for which you're searching (between one and five days.) 
Royalty-free Stuff
School Graphics
School Icons Free school related icons and graphics 
School Clip Free school clip art for teachers and students
Scirus for scientific information searches and headlines, with Elsevier's massive scientific information resources drawn from thousands of journals and books, Scirus is a hybrid 
search engine that's useful to amateur and professional alike. 
SciSeek A science search engine & directory.
Science Images Microscopy images are grouped into thirteen categories: Algae, Arachnids, Bacteria, Crystals, Fungi & Slime Molds, Insects, Invertebrates, Medical, Miscellaneous, Plants, Protozoa, Vertebrates, and Viruses. Each thumbnail can be enlarged by clicking on the image. Interactive features include the Virtual SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) that puts users at the control panel of the SEM and the Zoom In! section that lets users study the detailed anatomy of insects using images from a powerful Scanning Electron Microscope. Another fun part of the site is "The Most Wanted Bugs." Here users can view the "Bug Mugs" and the "Bug Bodies," by clicking on a mug or body brings up a record that gives the scientific name, description, diet, habitat, wanted for and last known location as well as a larger image. Additionally, the site includes information on the science of microscopy and links to related sites. (from Education World) Metasearch more than 800 specialized engines from around the Web. Alert! Overture pay-for-positioning search engines used. Index of pages built by crawling education web sites. 
Search Engine Directory The aim of the Search Engine Dictionary web site and the accompanying book is to establish a standard for search engine terminology by creating an authorative glossary of search engine terms. 
Search Engine Comparison Chart Compare the various search engines'  search features. 
Search Engine Definitions | Wonder what Boolean operators are? Find out!
Search Engine Showdown An easy to navigate site with search engine news, reviews and analyses. 
Search Engine Watch for tips on searching, a list of all of the major search engines and reviews 
SearchGov Search the .gov domain. 
Silly Art
Snopes Urban Legends Search this and up pops an article or two that either debunks or "bunks" the email in question.
Social Studies for Kids
 Social Studies for Kids offers articles, links, and fun facts, on 
history, geography, cultures, holidays, economics, and archaeology.
Speegle Results are spoken so use headphones or speakers.
Spezify a metasearch engine that shows results in little windows, very nice to look at photos of an upcoming trip or to get an essence of a place by seeing what is most talked about in a visual manner
Spider's Apprentice  A helpful guide to search engines, tips on using search engines like AltaVista,  Excite, Google, Lycos, HotBot, and Yahoo. 
Sputtik search for results on the web with a variety of content covered in different visual ways.
Switchboard If you don't find the person you're looking for on InfoSpace, try this site, it uses a different database. 
Teacher Files educational clip art 
Teacher Oz is a database of topically organized internet resources for use by students, teachers, and history lovers. The site also includes extensive areas on World History, Geography, Government, Art, Music, Literature, Film, and Education. Directory of web sites for teachers and educators. 
TekMom's Search Tools for Students All-in-one search page for kid search sites and research resources. 
Teoma Teoma's technology uniquely divides the Web into natural communities and analyzes topic-specific Web content to dynamically generate the most relevant and authoritative search results. 
Thumbshots Allows you to compare searches between search engines, with a chart showing degree of overlap between them and the number of unique pages retrieved. It also allows you to compare results on similar terms in the same search engine - "car" vs. "cars" on Google, for example.
Time Magazine Archive With 81 years of articles, the archive is keyword and date-searchable, with 
an additional search for covers. (subscription)
Twurdy uses Google-based searching and then ranks your findings according to readability. "Twurdy uses text analysis software to "read" each page before it is displayed in the results. Then Twurdy gives each page a readability level. Twurdy then shows the readability level of the page along with a color coded system to help users determine how easy the page will be to understand." 
U.S. Government Graphics & Photos now offers a page of links to photos and 
graphics from a variety of federal government agencies. Most of these photos and graphics are in the public domain and can be used or reproduced without permission or fee. Check with each website to be sure. 
You'll find photos of Earth from Space, photos of National Parks, medical and historical photos and illustrations, and much, much more. 
Virtual Learning Resources Center Access to quality reference & information sites. 

Vivisimo a clustering engine that organizes results from several engines into hierarchical categories. No payments accepted! 
WatchKnow has videos for students to learn from
Wayback Machine The Wayback Machine makes it possible to surf pages stored in the Internet Archive's vast Web archive. Travel back in Web time and view slices of Internet history. 
Webopedia  An online dictionary and search engine.
Webrary links to the most useful reference and informational web sites, organized by subject according to Dewey Decimal System call numbers. 
Wikipedia | Be careful because anyone can post to this site, but it can be very useful for current topics.

Wolfram Alpha | simply drag any of the information boxes off of the site and the item winds up as a GIF on their computer desktop. It can easily be inserted in a project. (Even all the tables wind up being GIFS!) The student can then add the citation information needed for the GIF they are using. (from Kathy Schrock). Introductory Video
WWW Virtual Library an excellent place to begin research, it is run by volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert. Virtual Library pages are recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web. Individual indexes reside on hundreds of different servers around the world. 

Yippy! A Family-Friendly platform protecting you and your children.
ZapMeta a meta-search engine, set your preferences before searching 
ZDNet Search Engine reviews, directory of search engines and search databases
Zuula Metasearch Zuula does metasearch in several different categories, including News, Images, Blogs, and Jobs (!!). The Web metasearch includes Google, Exalead, MSN, and Gigablast. Results from each search engines are broken out by tab. There's a panel for recent searches on the left side of the results page that you can collapse; otherwise the results look like regular search engine results. The blog search is especially nice as it includes Technorati and IceRocket; add Blogdigger in there and I'll have just one place to go for my blogging search results. (Google Blog search is supposed to be there as well but currently it's giving an error.) The tabs for each search type can be rearranged or customized (tabs removed, filters set, number of search results per screen specified.) There are also global preferences available and a limited advanced search. (from ResearchBuzz)

More image search possibilities: hisurf.comn,,,,, georgedavison.schools,,, kidzo, openclipart.orgdigital - use nav bar to filter by CC – requires registration - good for pets

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