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Research Tools for Kids

If our children want to learn how to do something or are looking for information on a particular topic, the resources available on the internet are endless.  Yet, finding what you're looking for without being flooded with irrelevant (and possibly inappropriate) information is another story.  That's where kid-friendly search engines come in.  Below are a few of the many websites offering all-in-one search engines,  specialized search tools, and significant reference materials. Click here for links to more kid friendly resources.


Kids' Search Tools

A page of search input boxes from web search engines that have compiled and/or screened sites for content appropriate to children. This page is maintained by librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Ivy's Search Engine Resources for Kids

Ivy's Internet search engine resources for kids. Search multiple child safe search engines from this page. You will find search forms for major internet search engines, links to web guides, specialized search engine forms, and search engine links--all designed for kids.

Pearson Reference Center

Prentice Hall provides a number of online resources and reference materials that are free of ads and have exceptional content.

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The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. You'll find maps, flags, and a Kids page where kids can learn about the Central Intelligence Agency and play online games.

Yahoo! Kids

Visit the Yahoo! Kids Study Zone and find a reference library, World Fact Book, science and animal sections, and more.

Ask Kids

Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It's a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that's safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.

Awesome Library

Awesome Library organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.

Fact Monster

Fact Monster, from Information Please, offers an excellent reference library.


KidsClick! is owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University.  Please note that KidsClick! is not an Internet filter. It does not prevent client web browsers from being used to surf any URL address that the user inputs. It is intended to guide users to good sites; not block them from "bad" sites. However, it could be used in conjunction with a filter product where law allows filters to be used.

Pitara Kids Network

Pitara Kids Network offers a growing set of tools and utilities and is designed to aid students ages 13 and under with their research - quotes, history, science, math, acronyms, quotations, proverbs...

Surfing the Net with Kids

Surfing the Net with Kids provides educational website recommendations by nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Barbara J. Feldman.

CyberSleuth Kids

CyberSleuth Kids is an internet search guide arranged by topics and designed for K-12 students.

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