Finding reliable search engines for students is an ongoing battle! Having trouble finding the answers your looking for? Try these search engines:
Sweet Search: “SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.
It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that our staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content on findingDulcinea. We constantly evaluate our search results and “fine-tune” them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS and university Web sites.
SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. We exclude not only the spam sites that many students could spot, but also the marginal sites that read well and authoritatively, but lack academic or journalistic rigor. As importantly, the very best Web sites that appear on the first page of SweetSearch results are often buried on other search engines.”
Ref Seek: “RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make
academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than
one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and
Wolfram Alpha: “Wolfram|Alpha 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.” Basically if your question involves a number, this is the place to go for an answer.
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: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.” It searches court records, patent records and scholarly journals. In some cases the results will link to abstracts of books and articles that you will then have to obtain from a library or book retailer. In other cases results will link to fully viewable documents.
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Did you know that Freegal has a new look? The site features an improved search engine, upgraded capacity and quicker browsing access to the most popular music. New this month, apps for your iphone and android phones. All you need is your library card and you can download 2 songs per week and they are yours to keep! Make sure you check out the NEWS tab, for great information on upcoming tours and albums from your favorite artists. Go to www.lpld.lib.in.us and click the Freegal link.
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Across the Universe by Beth Revis
(available on Overdrive in Kindle, EPUB, and PDF formats for your e-reader)
“Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed‘s scheduled landing, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed. Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed‘s passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.”
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How much information do you share on your Facebook profile? Did you know the privacy settings have changed? If you want to see how much information about you is available online, use sites like http://pipl.com and www.intellius.com to show how readily available your personal information is.
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (available in audio book/cd)
“At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut– part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.”
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And now its time for some Geeky Science Fun. Who doesn’t like to play with silly putty? Learn how to make Magnetic silly putty with these easy instructions
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Wonder what all the hype about Pinterest is about? It’s a cool way to create a digital bulletin board. Create and show off some Pins reflecting your passions and geek-worthy obsessions. Go to www.pinterest.com and request an invite, wait to be accepted, and then invite your friends. Requests for invitations will take a few days, but once you’re in you can invite others and they can accept immediately.
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