If you need help focusing your research efforts visit these resources.


Directories

Results on these resources are brought to you by human editors not algorithmic programs (spiders).

When you have broad topics to research, e.g., Galileo, Civil War, Nile River, etc., it's more efficient to use directories (Librarian's Internet Index-LII) over search engines (Google). Directories offer students categories to search (assistive navigation) and all the websites/resources/links in a directory have been examined by a editor (a human) before being committed to the directory.

The Open Directory Project

Librarian’s Internet Index

Internet Public Library

Refdesk

Best of the Web

Includes Blog directory.

IPL Ready Reference (direct link to reference sources--encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, etc.)

Infomine

Intute

Subject specialists review and evaluate thousands of resources to help you choose the key websites in your subject. Intute is a collaborative effort between 7 major UK universities including the University of Oxford, Nottingham, and Manchester Metropolitan University. This directory is geared towards high school and college level students.

JoeAnt

Includes Blog directory.

Awesome Library

BubLink

KidsClick

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Fact Monster

StartingPoint

diddabdoo

"We utilise Google's URL filter to restrict the results from sites that have been reviewed by human's and classified as kid/teen safe."

CyberSleuth for Kids


Visual Search Engines

Search results are displayed in a visual and contextual format, e.g., hubs with spokes and thumbnails of relevant website pages with brief descriptions of website content.

eyePlorer

Kartoo

Mugurdy

Displays search results as a grid of thumbnails of each page in the search results. Place your cursor over one of the thumbnails to see an enlarged image.

Spezify



Search Engines

Google

Google is great for specific questions, e.g., daily life Elizabethan England or average weight mole rat.

Google Search Options

Google is always improving their assistive navigation features. Wonder Wheel, Related Searches, and Timeline, are powerful tools that can help students narrow their search results and locate relevant resources. To locate these tools just type in your search term into Google and when you get your results click on the + Show Options link at the top of the results page. Scroll down to access the following features:

  • Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel provides search results in a visual format.

Wonder Wheel this will link you to a step-by-step video on how to access and use Wonder Wheel.

  • Related Searches

Google will offer additional search terms based on your original search term to help narrow your results. For example, type in the search term "medieval architecture" and click on Related Searches and Google will respond with:

medieval gothic architecture, medieval romanesque architecture, medieval cathedral architecture, medieval castle architecture

history of medieval architecture, notre dame medieval, medieval buildings, baroque architecture, middle ages architecture, renaissance architecture, british medieval architecture, medieval art and architecture, etc.

  • Timeline

From Google:

Timeline is a web application that organizes search results chronologically. It allows users to view news and other data sources on a browsable, graphical timeline. Available data sources include recent and historical news, scanned newspapers and magazines, blog posts, sports scores, and information about various types of media, like music albums and movies.


Google Squared (beta version)

Search Google and get results in a table that can be saved. Hard to describe, easier to see. Tables can be saved for quick retrieval and review.You have to see this to understand it.


Other Search Engines

Bing

Wolfram|Alpha

Yahoo

Ask

Search

AltaVista

About

Answers

All the Web

Lycos

Gigablast

Yahoo! Kids

Country-based Search Engines

Country search engines and regional search engines - currently a total of 4,017 search engines and 222 countries, territories, islands and regions.


Meta Search Engines

Meta search engines search multiple sources simultaneously

Dogpile

Vivisimo

Mamma

Clusty

ixquick

HotBot

Excite

WebCrawler

Family Friendly Search

IceRocket

Blog & Social Networking Search

Jux2

Compare Google, Yahoo, and MSN with One Search

Turbo10



FREE Citation Builders

FREE websites that will create MLA (Modern Language Association) citations for research papers.

Whether you are quoting a source directly or paraphrasing from a source you MUST cite your source.


EasyBib

Son of Citation Machine

NoodleBib (MLA)

bibme