Specialized Search Engines and Directories

There are approximately zillions of specialized search engines out there, as can be seen at Search Engine Guide. The list below is a selective subset of these, chosen because they might help you find materials useful as resources in a WebQuest. All of these links lead to sites that contain specific information that may not turn up when you do a general search of the Web using Altavista, Yahoo, and other search engines and directories. For a more comprehensive list, you might also want to check the Invisible-Web site.

Directories Especially for Educators

Material appropriate for children

Yahoo! Kids
Kids Click!
ThinkQuest Entries
Kids Search Tool
Ask Jeeves for Kids

http://www.yahooligans.com
http://www.kidsclick.org
http://www.thinkquest.org/library/
http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm
http://www.askforkids.com/

School and university sites

searchedu.com

http://www.searchedu.com

Wired schools

Web66 School Registry
CyberPlayGround List

http://web66.umn.edu/
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Schools/default.asp

Multi-subject starting points

BBC Schools
BBC Learning
Blue Web'n
EduHound
Education World
Schrock's Guide
Marcopolo
S.C.O.R.E
Internet Scout
FREE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
http://www.eduhound.com/
http://www.education-world.com/
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/
http://www.marcopolo-education.org/
http://www.score.k12.ca.us/
http://scout.wisc.edu/
http://www.free.ed.gov/sitemap.cfm (NEW)

Children's software

California Learning Resource Network

http://www.clrn.org/home/

Lesson plans

ALI Units of Practice
EdHelper
Lesson Plans Page

http://ali.apple.com/ali/uops.shtml
http://www.edhelper.com/
http://www.lessonplanspage.com

Curriculum standards

Education World

http://www.education-world.com/standards/national/index.shtml

Info on educational issues

ERIC Search
ERIC Digests

http://ericadr.piccard.csc.com/teams/Login.do NEW
http://www.ericfacility.net/ericdigests/index/

Search Engines and Databases Not Just for Education

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Encyclopedia entries

Encarta
Wikipedia

http://encarta.msn.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Magazine articles

AJR Newslink Magazines

http://newslink.org/mag.html

Newspaper articles

AJR Newslink Newspaper Index

http://newslink.org/

Current news

Google News

http://news.google.com/

Blog Postings Technorati http://www.technorati.com/ NEW

Radio stations

Radio-Locator

http://www.radio-locator.com

Literature in the public domain

Google Book Search
On-Line Books Page
Search e-Books
The Bartleby Library

http://www.books.google.com/ NEW
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/
http://www.searchebooks.com
http://www.bartleby.com/

Copyrighted books in print

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

http://www.amazon.com
http://www.barnesandnoble.com

Images

Google Image Search
Pics4Learning
Fagan Finder
E-Bay Postcards

http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search?hl=en
http://pics.tech4learning.com/
http://www.faganfinder.com/img/
http://listings.ebay.com/aw/listings/list/category914/index.html

Images, sounds, videos of animals Junglewalk http://www.junglewalk.com

Live images from everywhere

EarthCam

http://www.earthcam.com/

Primary source documents

Library of Congress American Memory

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/mdbquery.html

Federal (U.S.) legislation

Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov/

Company information

Thomas Register
Industrial Quick Search

http://www.thomasregister.com/ (free membership required)
http://www.industrialquicksearch.com/

Sounds findsounds.com http://www.findsounds.com

Pictures and information about any product of the last two centuries

E-Bay

http://www.ebay.com

Biographies

Biographical Dictionary
Biography.com
Biography-Center
Lives

http://www.s9.com/biography/
http://www.biography.com/search/
http://www.biography-center.com
http://www.amillionlives.com/

Maps

Perry-Castañeda
Maptech MapServer (topo)

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html
http://mapserver.maptech.com/

Country profiles

Atlapedia Online
Kiosk: Journal of Geopolitics

http://www.atlapedia.com/online/country_index.htm
http://www.bay.k12.fl.us/pdk/kiosk/index.html

State & county profiles US Census Dept QuickFacts http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html
Medical information

HealthCentral.com
OmniMedicalSearch

http://www.healthcentral.com/home/home.cfm
http://www.omnimedicalsearch.com/
Military information searchmil.com http://www.searchmil.com
Trademarks T.E.S.S. http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm

Patents

U.S.Patent Office

http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html

TV episodes Epguides http://epguides.master.com/texis/master/search/mysite.html?

Movies, actors

Internet Movie Database

http://www.imdb.com/

Measurement Conversion ConvertPlus http://convertplus.com/en/

Shareware & freeware

VersionTracker
C|Net Download
Tucows

http://www.versiontracker.com
http://www.download.com
http://www.tucows.com/

Even more search engines Search-Engines2 http://www.search-engines-2.com/

Written by Bernie Dodge. Last updated December 23, 2006