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Research Tools for Kids

Are your kids looking for information? Look here for a complilation of search engines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference resources that have been designed just for kids.  See our article for additional kid-friendly all-in-one search engines.

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Animal Planet
Surprisingly human! Try the search bar to find lots of great information.
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 for Kids
Awesome Library organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.
Children's Encyclopedia
This encyclopedia from 4to40.com is a free portal for kids without any give and take business or deals.
CyberSleuth Kids.com
An internet search guide for the K-12 student.
Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online
Free online dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English and medical dictionaries, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and many more high-quality Merriam-Webster language resources.
DK World Desk Reference
Find information on a county's climate, resources, politics, economics, education, environment, and more at DK's World Desk Reference. A wonderful resource!
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. is a leading provider of learning and knowledge products. They're proud to be one of the world's most trusted sources of information on every topic imaginable.
Fact Monster
Fact Monster offers a Homework Center, Almanac, Dictionary, Atlas, Encyclopedia, Timelines, Games and Quizzes, and more.
How Stuff Works
HowStuffWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, is the award-winning source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Founded by North Carolina State University Professor Marshall Brain in 1998, the site is now an online resource for millions of people of all ages.
Information Please
Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938—first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and since 1998 on the Internet at www.infoplease.com. Information Please is part of Pearson, the world’s largest integrated education company.
Internet Public Library: Kids
ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections.
Kids Encyclopedia Britannica
Britannica Online For Kids is an essential online homework helper for children aged 6-14 years. It covers core subjects - Mathematics, English and Science as well as History, Geography, the Arts and many more subject areas.
Kids Know It Network
The KidsKnowIt Network is your student’s free portal into the many exciting facets that make up our Universe. From the human heart, to the moons of Jupiter you will find it all on the KidsKnowIt Network. Free Educational Websites.
KidsClick! Web Search
KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians to help guide young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.
Merriam-Webster's Word Central
Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Rhyming
Newpapers US and Worldwide
Get links to newspapers all over the world with this web page compiled by refdesk.com.
A free, family friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current reference resources.
Surfing the Net with Kids
Educational website recommendations by nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Barbara J. Feldman.
Visual Dictionary
Visual Dictionary, where words are defined as pictures, for leaning the exact names of objects. Different from a traditional dictionary or from encyclopedia because the images replace the words. Every image and term is fully defined. Sometimes, animations allow to better understand a phenomenon and also stimulate the interest for consultation.

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