The Knowledge Construction Kit:

http://www.ncwiseowl.org/kscope/hovercraft/InfoSkills/KnowFlow/Become/index.htm


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.
===Directories Especially for Educators===
Material appropriate for children
Yahoo! Kids
Kids Click!
ThinkQuest Entries
Kids Search ToolAsk Jeeves for Kids
http://www.yahooligans.com
http://www.kidsclick.org
http://www.thinkquest.org/library/
http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm
http://www.askforkids.com/
School and university sites
searchedu.com
http://www.searchedu.com
Wired schools
Web66 School RegistryCyberPlayGround List
http://web66.umn.edu/
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Schools/default.asp
Multi-subject starting points
BBC SchoolsBBC Learning
Blue Web'nEduHound
Education World
Schrock's Guide
Marcopolo
S.C.O.R.E
Internet Scout
FREE
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
http://www.eduhound.com/
http://www.education-world.com/
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/
http://www.marcopolo-education.org/
http://www.score.k12.ca.us/
http://scout.wisc.edu/
http://www.free.ed.gov/sitemap.cfm (NEW)
Children's software
California Learning Resource Network
http://www.clrn.org/home/
Lesson plans
ALI Units of Practice
EdHelper
Lesson Plans Page
http://ali.apple.com/ali/uops.shtml
http://www.edhelper.com/
http://www.lessonplanspage.com
Curriculum standards
Education World
http://www.education-world.com/standards/national/index.shtml
Info on educational issues
ERIC SearchERIC Digests
http://ericadr.piccard.csc.com/teams/Login.do NEW
http://www.ericfacility.net/ericdigests/index/
===Search Engines and Databases Not Just for Education===
IF
you're looking for...
THEN
check here:
OR
type these in the location bar:
Encyclopedia entries
EncartaWikipedia
http://encarta.msn.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Magazine articles
AJR Newslink Magazines
http://newslink.org/mag.html
Newspaper articles
AJR Newslink Newspaper Index
http://newslink.org/
Current news
Google News
http://news.google.com/
Blog Postings
Technorati
http://www.technorati.com/ NEW
Radio stations
Radio-Locator
http://www.radio-locator.com
Literature in the public domain
Google Book Search
On-Line Books Page
Search e-BooksThe Bartleby Library
http://www.books.google.com/ NEW
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/
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
Pics4Learning
Fagan Finder
E-Bay Postcards

http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search?hl=en
http://pics.tech4learning.com/
http://www.faganfinder.com/img/
http://listings.ebay.com/aw/listings/list/category914/index.html
Images, sounds, videos of animals
Junglewalk
http://www.junglewalk.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 RegisterIndustrial Quick Search
http://www.thomasregister.com/ (free membership required)
http://www.industrialquicksearch.com/
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-CastaƱeda
Maptech MapServer (topo)
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html
http://mapserver.maptech.com/
Country profiles
Atlapedia Online
Kiosk: Journal of Geopolitics
http://www.atlapedia.com/online/country_index.htm
http://www.bay.k12.fl.us/pdk/kiosk/index.html
State & county profiles
US Census Dept QuickFacts
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html
Medical information
HealthCentral.comOmniMedicalSearch
http://www.healthcentral.com/home/home.cfm
http://www.omnimedicalsearch.com/
Military information
searchmil.com
http://www.searchmil.com
Trademarks
T.E.S.S.
http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm
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/
Measurement Conversion
ConvertPlus
http://convertplus.com/en/
Shareware & freeware
VersionTracker
C|Net Download
Tucows
http://www.versiontracker.com
http://www.download.com
http://www.tucows.com/
Even more search engines
Search-Engines2
http://www.search-engines-2.com/