Search Engines

Internet search engines are special sites on the Web that are designed to help find information stored on other sites.

1. Tek Mom - search tools and data bases for younger kids

2. Noodle Tools for research - usually oder kids, includes help with bibiliographies and note cards.

3. Ivy for Kids Ivy's search engine resources for kids: several search engines on one page with short descriptions of their purpose.
4. Google Scholar
  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Find papers, abstracts and citations
  • Locate the complete paper through your library or on the web
  • Learn about key papers in any area of research
5. Primary Documents Online -
6. Sea World Animal Information Database -
7. -

Meta Search engiles

1. Dog pile
2. Web crawler

Evaluating Search Engines

Suggested Sites:

TekMom Search Tools for Students -
Includes an assortment of search tools and databases.

Ivy’s Search Engine Resources for Kids -
Includes several search engines on one page with short descriptions of their purpose.

Google – – –

Lycos –

AltaVista – –

Yahooligans –


WebCrawler –


Ask students to try a search with the same keyword in their four search engines.
Have them record the top five results for each, count the number of paid listings for each search, and answer these questions.

· Compare and contrast the results from the various engines. Can you make any generalizations?
· Did some search engines seem to have more paid listings than others? If so, which ones?
· Which search engines would you be most likely to use? Why?
· How might using more than one search engine when researching information help you find better information?
· What conclusions can you draw about researching information on the Internet?

Students should realize they need to use more than one search engine when they do research. They should also look past the top results.
They may wish to refer to UC Berkeley’s BEST search engines site ( for information on how particular search engines work. Validating URLs