Specialized Search Engines and Directories

There are approximately zillions of specialized search engines out there, as can be seen at Search Engine Guide. The list below is a selective subset of these, chosen because they might help you find materials useful as resources in a WebQuest. All of these links lead to sites that contain specific information that may not turn up when you do a general search of the Web using Altavista, Yahoo, and other search engines and directories. For a more comprehensive list, you might also want to check the Invisible-Web site.

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Encyclopedia entries Encarta NEW http://encarta.msn.com/

Magazine articles

AJR Newslink Magazines

http://newslink.org/mag.html NEW URL

Newspaper articles

AJR Newslink Newspaper Index

http://newslink.org/ NEW URL

Current news

AltaVista News NEW

http://news.altavista.com/

Radio stations

Radio-Locator

http://www.radio-locator.com

Literature in the public domain

The On-Line Books Page
Search e-Books
The Bartleby Library

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/ NEW URL
http://www.searchebooks.com
http://www.bartleby.com/

Copyrighted books in print

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

http://www.amazon.com
http://www.barnesandnoble.com

Images

Google Image Search NEW
Pics4Learning
Altavista Photo & Media Finder
E-Bay Postcards
Ditto.Com

http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search?hl=en
http://pics.tech4learning.com/
http://image.altavista.com/cgi-bin/avncgi
http://listings.ebay.com/aw/listings/list/category914/index.html
http://www.ditto.com

Live images from everywhere

EarthCam

http://www.earthcam.com/

Primary source documents

Library of Congress American Memory

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/mdbquery.html

Federal (U.S.) legislation

Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov/

Company information

Thomas Register

http://www.thomasregister.com/ (free membership required)

Sounds findsounds.com http://www.findsounds.com

Pictures and information about any product of the last two centuries

E-Bay

http://www.ebay.com

Biographies

Biographical Dictionary
Biography.com
Biography-Center

Lives

http://www.s9.com/biography/
http://www.biography.com/search/
http://www.biography-center.com
http://www.amillionlives.com/

Maps

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Maptech MapServer (topo) NEW!

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html
http://mapserver.maptech.com/

Country profiles

Atlapedia Online NEW!
Kiosk: Journal of Geopolitics

http://www.atlapedia.com/online/country_index.htm
http://FowlerLibrary.com/Kiosk/

State & county profiles US Census Dept QuickFacts http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html NEW URL
Medical information HealthCentral.com http://www.healthcentral.com/home/home.cfm
Military information searchmil.com http://www.searchmil.com

Patents

U.S.Patent Office

http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html

TV episodes Epguides http://epguides.master.com/texis/master/search/mysite.html?

Movies, actors

Internet Movie Database

http://www.imdb.com/

Shareware & freeware

C|Net Download
Tucows NEW!

http://www.download.com
http://www.tucows.com/

Directories Especially for Educators

Material appropriate for children

Yahooligans
Kids Click!
ThinkQuest Entries (written by students)

http://www.yahooligans.com
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick!/
http://www.thinkquest.org/library/ NEW URL

School and university sites

searchedu.com

http://www.searchedu.com

Wired schools

Web66 School Registry

http://web66.coled.umn.edu/schools.html

Multi-subject starting points

BBC Education Web Guide
Blue Web'n
EduHound

Education World
Kathy Schrock's Guide
Marcopolo NEW!
S.C.O.R.E
The Internet Scout Project

http://db.bbc.co.uk/education-webguide/pkg_main.p_home
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
http://www.eduhound.com/
http://www.education-world.com/
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/ NEW URL
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/
http://www.score.k12.ca.us/
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

Children's software

California Learning Resource Network NEW!

http://www.clrn.org/home/

Lesson plans

ALI Units of Practice
EdHelper
Lesson Plans Page

http://ali.apple.com/ali/uops.shtml NEW URL
http://www.edhelper.com/
http://www.lessonplanspage.com

Discussions about Ed Tech AskERIC Ed List Archive

http://ericir.syr.edu/plweb-cgi/fastweb?searchform+listservs

Curriculum standards

Education World Standards
Explorasource

http://www.education-world.com/standards/national/index.shtml
http://www.explorasource.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/explorasource NEW URL

Summaries of educational issues ERIC Digests NEW http://www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/index/

Written by Bernie Dodge. Last updated February 16, 2002