Smart Searching Made Easy
Keyword, Semantic and Meta Search Engines

Keyword Search Engines
Semantic Search engines try to make sense of results; returning more relevant results
  • DuckDuckGo has such a great name. Go ahead. Try it! Less clutter, less spam, less ads.

Multiple sites searched simultaneously
  • WebCrawler is the Web's Top Search Engines Spun Together 
World Book Encyclopedia Online
Images

 
Internet Search Sites Appropriate for K-12
  • Google was recently rated one of the best search sites. Its database contains more sites than most others.
  • B. J. Pinchbeck is a young student who, with his father, has developed a very comprehensive search site for students.
Citation Guidelines
  • BibMe.org lets you create citations quickly and easily.
  • EasyBib is a free, automatic bibliography composer.
  • Citation Machine Fill in the blanks and create a proper citation -- in either MLA,APA, Turabian or Chicago format
  • U.S. Copyright Office: Information Circulars, Factsheets offers basic information about many aspects of the copyright process.
  • Copyright Guidelines from the University of Chicago Press. Check out the detailed summary.
Dictionaries
Encyclopedias
  • World Book Encyclopedia is NOW a resource you can access online, with your GCPS login & password. Check with your teacher or library media specialist. 
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Encyclopedia.com is free and offers lots of information. Some links will take you back to ELibrary, so have your password ready! Remember, ELibrary is for use in school or from home. Be sure to ask your teacher or librarian for the remote password. 
  • Encyclopedia Mythica An encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend.
  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian allows you to search their collections alphabetically.
  • How Stuff Works is a very rich and complete site. Ask it a question, and receive a complete, illustrated, and frequently animated response.
Maps & Atlases
Almanacs
Library Sites on the Internet
Reference Materials
  • My Virtual Reference Desk is an extensive listing of general and specific topics with many links to research tools and references.
  • Research-It has categorized access to many literary, library, geographic, financial tools, dictionaries, thesaurus, language translators, maps, telephone directories, and stock market prices.
  • Quotations at Bartleby could be a useful resource.
  • The Reference Desk offers facts, news and resources.
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