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Search engines which make locating information on the Web more effective
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Instagrok: A (Re)Search Engine for Education

Instagrok: A (Re)Search Engine for Education | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it

Watters' article describes Instagrok and its uses

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For the visual learners, InstaGrok offers a graph with links to sites on a topic. The journal feature is also an excellent place to save materials, Web sites, videos, images, and your own text.  Users can share the information they find with others or simply use it for their own research purposes.

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Research Engages Students - Northwest Arkansas News

Research Engages Students - Northwest Arkansas News | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
Research Engages Students
Northwest Arkansas News
Search it Out. Teachers and parents can use safe search sites for students to help them research.
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This site describes some of the search engines already scooped in this topic, but it is  useful article.

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Welcome to INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

Welcome to INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
INFOMINE is a comprehensive virtual library and reference tool for academic and scholarly Internet resources, including Web sites, databases, electronic journals, bulletin boards, listservs, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of...
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Infomine offers a comprehensive library of impressive sources. Librarians built Infomine.

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Safe Search - Primary School ICT

Safe Search - Primary School ICT | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
A great place to start internet sessions for kids / pupils and teachers.
Internet searches are filtered and appropriate content is displayed more often than a standard internet search. Search is powered by Google Custom Search.
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SafeSearch offers a starting point for teaching children how to surf the Web to find the resources they need. It is a good site to explore.

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12 Ways to Be More Search Savvy | Fluency21 – Committed Sardine ...

12 Ways to Be More Search Savvy | Fluency21 – Committed Sardine ... | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
And it's our responsibility to teach kids how to find and research information, how to judge its veracity, and when it's time to ask for a grownup's help. ... If you've got kids in the house, Russell suggests enabling safe search.
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Teaching children early on how to research properly and safely on the Web should be a priority for any teacher. This article gives effective tips for doing just that.

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Google SafeSearch Changes Hit the U.K., Australia, New Zealand ...

Google SafeSearch Changes Hit the U.K., Australia, New Zealand ... | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
Back in December, we told you that Google had made a change to its SafeSearch feature in the U.S. that made it impossible for users to entirely disable SafeSearch when searching for Images on the site.
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I found this article interesting because of what we can learn about Google's changes to its SafeSearch.

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Classof1 Blog | 4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Google Search

Classof1 Blog | 4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Google Search | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
Searching for things online has become a necessity in life, whether it's doing a research before buying a car or looking up articles for your economics assignment. Although there are a variety of search engines, both big and small none ...
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Many of us rely on Google, so this article can be helpful to almost anyone. Learning how to use Google effectively is a skill we can then teach others.

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SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 24, 2013 - Search Engine Land

SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 24, 2013 - Search Engine Land | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 24, 2013 Search Engine Land Bing For Schools Offers Ad-Free Search Experience, SafeSearch Filtered Content & Lesson Plans Bing announced Bing For Schools today, a new program designed for K-12 US schools,...
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Here's another article on teaching and learning about safe searches on the Internet.

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instaGrok on edshelf

instaGrok on edshelf | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it

A review of Instagrok's properteries and a video on how to use the search engine

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If you are uncertain about using InstaGrok, watch this video to be convinced of its worth.

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BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine): Basic Search

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine): Basic Search | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
More than 33 mio. scientfic documents from more than 2000 content providers. BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources.
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Read about BASE from its  site:

"In comparison to commercial search engines, BASE is charcterised by the following features:

Intellectually selected resourcesOnly document servers that comply with the specific requirements of academic quality and relevance are includedA data resources inventory provides transparency in the searchesDiscloses web resources of the "Deep Web", which are ignored by commercial search engines or get lost in the vast quantity of hits.The display of search results includes precise bibliographic dataSeveral options for sorting the result list"Refine your search result" options (by author, subject, DDC, year of publication, collection, language and document type)Browsing by DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) and document type."
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Google Scholar Offers Access To Academic Information

Google Scholar Offers Access To Academic Information | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it

Google has launched a new Google Scholar search service, providing the ability to search for scholarly literature located from across the Web. This article details the use of Google Scholar, pro and con.

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Use Google Scholar to return scholarly resources and limit the unreliable sources.

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SweetSearch WebResearchTutorial

Introducing a research-based, multimedia tutorial that teaches effective web research skills to both educators and students. 

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View the SweetSearch tutorial in order to make effective use of SweetSearch.

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I just discovered DuckDuckGo on TIME's list of Best Websites. Explore it and more must-see sites on TIME.com.

I just discovered DuckDuckGo on TIME's list of Best Websites. Explore it and more must-see sites on TIME.com. | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it

This article from Time describes the advantages of using DuckDuckGo

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Time Magazine lists DuckDuckGo as one of its Best Websites. Check it out.

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Use Google SafeSearch tools to keep your family safer online this ...

Use Google SafeSearch tools to keep your family safer online this ... | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
There's a safer way to allow those who are not ready to be exposed to adult or otherwise inappropriate content to surf the web. When you use Google as your primary search engine you can enable Google SafeSearch.
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Concern about safety on the Internet should be at the top of anyone's list. This article provides help with safe searching.

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Google Alternative Search Engines That Doesn't Track You.

Google Alternative Search Engines That Doesn't Track You. | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
A list of search engines that are real Google alternatives, but with added protection of never tracking you in any way.
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When we have heard so much about being tracked, we may want to investigate these search engines that do not track usage.

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CiteULike: Everyone's library

CiteULike: Everyone's library | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
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Require students to use CiteULike if you wish to limit returns to scholarly sources.As with InstaGrok, users can store searches for future reference.

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The Library Shark: Tis the Season...

I would highly suggest using this interface for your web-based research. Safe Searching: I have created a Safe Searching page that I would suggest using if you are going to search in the wild. It offers a Google safe search, ...
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Here is another site that focuses on Internet safety. Emphasizing this point cannot be overstated.

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12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines ~ Educational Technology ...

12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines ~ Educational Technology ... | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. 3- BASE. BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines ...
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Take a look at the variety of search engines described here. Explore with some of them as alternate ways to find useful information.

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Dare2Share: Internet filtering: Safe search engines for family and kids

Dare2Share: Internet filtering: Safe search engines for family and kids | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
The kid safe search engine. AskKids. 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, ...
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Teaching kids to search responsibly and safely are two important keys to using the Internet. This search engine is designed just for kids.

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PredictAd Removal Guide

PredictAd Removal Guide | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
If you do not like the advertisements and the tool that is meant to enter keywords faster, remove PredictAd software right now. The sooner you do it, the better it is as you can again use Google or any other safe search engine.
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Wish you could remove ads from your searches? Read this article to find out how to do it!

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Izik -The New Tablet Optimized Search Engine Launched By Blekko - Seo Sandwitch Blog

Izik -The New Tablet Optimized Search Engine Launched By Blekko - Seo Sandwitch Blog | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
Izik is new in the way that it presents content sorted by various categories like "Looking For" (Similar to I'm Feeling Lucky in Google), "Quick Answer", "Top Results", "Images", "Latest" etc.
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Want to surf the Web on your tablet without having to type too much text? Izik is the search engine for you then. Give it a test drive.

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instaGrok | A new way to learn

instaGrok | A new way to learn | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it

A new way to learn....Instagrok provides reliable, useful sources and allows users to keep a journal with their own notes and notes from the Web. Users can also set the level for the materials retrieved--move the bar by Einstein's figure to the right for more advanced materials and left for younger users.

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InstaGrok provides a visual return on a query. The site also creates a quiz on a topic, alllows users to save materials including their own notes to a journal feature.

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it

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.

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How to Use SweetSearch

A guide to how we created SweetSearch, its features, and how students and teachers can use it most effectively.
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The video here shows users how to use SweetSearch, a search engine designed for students and teachers.

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Sweet Search

Sweet Search | Specialty Search Engines | Scoop.it
SweetSearch is A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.
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Here is the link to SweetSearch itself; see the video on using the site above in another Scoop. This search engine returns useful results.

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