Research Tools

Kid-Friendly Search Engines and Internet Research Tools

Google Kids Safe Search

Google Junior

Sweet Search – A search engine for students. Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by research experts.

Kid Rex – Kid Safe Search Engine, powered by Google!

Fact Monster – Kid Friendly Database

Kids Click – Search Site with kid-friendly results

Safe Search Kids

Kidz Search



Tips for Searching the Internet

Google Search Tips for Kids

QUICK – The Quality Information Checklist – Use this checklist to help you decide if the site you are viewing is a reliable one.

Critical Evaluation of a Web Site – Use this checklist to evaluate websites.

Ten Steps to Better Web Research

Creative Commons – A meta search engine that helps you find copyright free materials to use in your work.

Skills & Strategies for Web Researching – Great tips for searching the web.


Free Images, Photos, Music, Multimedia

Pics4Learning – Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students.

Image After – a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image and use it in your own work. –

Pixabay –

Public Domain Pictures –

WikiMedia Commons – Huge free collection of images, videos, and sounds

Trek Earth – Photography from around the world, free for educational use.

Morgue File – Completely free, high resolution photos.

School Clip Art – Free collection of clip art, organized by category.

WP Clip Art – Large collection of free clipart.

Flickr Commons – Collection of free photographs posted by flickr users.

Creative Commons – A meta search engine that helps you find copyright free materials to use in your work.


Writing Tools, Citations, and Plagiarism Information

Cite This For Me – Awesome citation site that will create a citation for you with just the URL (web address) of the source, title of the book or magazine, etc!

Citation Machine – Fill in the information and let the website generate your citation for you — all you have to do when it’s finished is copy and paste!

Common Errors in English Usage – Use this site to double check your use of tricky words, such as “affect/effect”, “to/too/two”, and “there/their/they’re”.

Cite Your Sources – Fill out this form and let this website generate your citation for you.

Guide to Grammar and Writing – Tips and practice exercises to help you with writing and grammar.