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A list of Great Research Tools Every Teacher should be Using

Google is probably the first search engine students have recourse to when conducting an online research and even there the first website they access is Wikipedia. Some of them suffice   themselves with the few lines they find on Wikipedia but others  consider  it just a springboard for further research.





As a teacher and educator, you need to make sure all students with no exception use Wikipedia only as a start point for extensive research. This will definitely help them sharpen their critical and divergent thinking skills. Not only that, we should also introduce our students to other alternatives other than the popular search engines ( yahoo, Bing, Google,AOL,...etc ).

There are actually several websites that can be of tremendous help for beginner researchers. They are more educationally focused than other search engines . We have compiled  a list of such important tools and we are adding them to the series we have started lasted year under the title of " Educational Search Engines for Students and Teachers. "


1- iSeek Education


iSeek Education is a targeted search engine for students, teachers, administrators, and caregivers. It allows its users to safely search hundreds of thousands of trusted resources .




2- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence




FREE provides teaching and learning resources from the federal government. It has more than 1.500 federally supported teaching and learning resources.





3- Education Resources Information Center






This is an online digital library of education research and information. It provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information and to improve practice in learning , teaching, and research.



4- Instagrok




Instagrok allows users to learn about any topic by exploring a wide range of connections between facts and concepts.




5- iPL2



This is a great learning environment that merges collections of resources from Internet public library and the librarians internet index.





6- Kids Click






This is a cool search engine designed specifically for kids. It is owned and run by the school of library and information at Kent State University.





7- The Virtual Learning Resources Center





This website indexes thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by teachers and library professionals worldwide to provide students and teachers with current and valid information for school and university academic projects.



8- SCIRUS


Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. It provides more than 460 million scientific items and allows researchers to search for journal contents, scientists homepages, courseware, and many more.



9- SweetSearch



SweetSearch is a search engine for students. It helps them find outstanding information faster and also enable them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources.




10- Infomine




This is a great scholarly internet resource that allows students and teachers to search for content pertaining to different academic areas.


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