What is a search engine?
It is a program that helps you search for information on the internet.

Google is one of the most well known search engines, but it is not necessarily recommended for academic research.Anyone can post anything on Google. You can not be guaranteed that it will be true.

These search engines are RECOMMENDED. They are totally reliable because they were created by and for educators:
  • AcademicIndex- includes only websites recommended by librarians, teachers, and educational and library consortia on their various webpages.
  • FindingDulcinea presents only credible, high-quality and trustworthy Web sites, saving time for the novice and the experienced user alike.
  • Infotopia- an online search engine that goes only to sites that have been pre-approved by educators. This is an AWESOME source for easy and reliable research.
  • Sweet Search Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by research experts. Other options available from Sweet Search:

Other options:
  • Ask.com- this is an easy to use, exceptional search engine
  • Bing.com This is a very graphic and user-friendly search engine.
  • Dogpile.com (a metasearch)
  • Google.com- one of the most popular and user-friendly search engines.
    • Google a Day - this game posts a daily question requiring players to search Google to find the answers. This could be a fun way to teach your students how to conduct an effective search. See these lesson plans and past challenges to get started.
    • Searching Google- This link gives a wide range of cool tools to use for an accurate search. How to use sites, Boolean operators, key words, etc.
    • Hints on how to best utilize Google can be found here. The hints found here can be used in many other search engines as well.
      For more advanced searchers, there is even and Advanced Cheat Sheet for Google.
    • What is Google Scholar? Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, pre-print repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.
  • USA.gov is the U.S. federal government's official web portal. This search engine searches 180,000,000+ federal and state government web pages.
  • Wolfram|Alpha - a "computational knowledge engine" - introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers— not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.