Search the Web for Kids

Search the Web

Use a Search Engine | Use a Subject Directory | Use a  Database | Use an Encyclopedia or Dictionary | Evaluating Websites

Searching the WebYou'll need to use different tools on the web depending on what you're trying to find out.  If you're looking for lots of information on a single topic you might want to try a Subject Directory, where people have already collected and organized a group of websites.  But if you want to find  specific information use a Search Engine.  So if you want to find out all about Native Americans, use a subject directory.  But if you want to find out about the Lenape tribe that lived in the Delaware Valley, use a search engine.  If you just want a definition or description, you could use an Encyclopedia or Dictionary.  You can also use a Library Database from home with your library card number. Or try the Kids' World Homework Help.   If you still can't find the information you need, you can Ask a Librarian, in person, by phone, by e-mail, or through online real-time reference.

Don't forget -- just because information is on a website doesn't mean it is true.  Learn how to evaluate websites to find the best ones.


USE A KID'S SEARCH ENGINE

  

USE A KIDS' SUBJECT DIRECTORY

Kids Click!
http://kidsclick.org/
Created by librarians just for kids.

Internet Public Library Kids' Space
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/

ALA's Great Sites for Kids
http://gws.ala.org/
From the American Library Association.

Craft Finder from Family Fun
http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/season/tool/craftfinder_tlp/
Find craft instructions for seasons, holidays, or occasions for all different ages.


USE A DATABASE

The library subscribes to databases that you can use from home.  Have your library card ready!

Searchasaurus DinosaurExplora from Ebscohost
Find information about animals, arts and music, health, history, people and places, science and math, sports and stories.

MAS Ultra - School Edition
Search articles from  500 kids' magazines.

Primary Search
Search more than 60 elementary school magazines.  Also provides the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.


  USE AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OR DICTIONARY

Dictionary
http://www.wordsmyth.net/
In addition to a regular search, you can do a "sounds-like" search, for when you don't know how to spell the word you're looking up!

The Columbia Encyclopedia
http://www.bartleby.com/65/
Over 51,000 entries. 


EVALUATING WEBSITES

Quick: The QUality Information ChecKlist
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/external/1943
Helps to determine whether a website is reliable.

What makes a website good?
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/webeval.html
From Multnomah County Library

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Camden County Library Staff, May 2011 Our entire staff is here to help! Get the answer to your question in person, by phone, email or text.  You can also schedule one-on-one time with Assistance by Appointment.

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