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The 101 of Research for Kids

Posted by on September 25, 2018

online research tipsIt’s difficult finding kid-safe research websites that really are. Even Google SafeSearch has issues at times. Here’s my list of safe spots to send your students for research. Before rolling any of these out, preview them all to be sure they fit your unique student group:

  1. BrainPop–with the BrainPop characters, a launchpad to curiosity
  2. CoolKidFacts–kid-friendly videos, pictures, info, and quizzes–all 100% suitable for children
  3. CyberSleuth Kids–free kid-friendly graphics
  4. Dimensions–academic research geared for college-level
  5. Fact Monster–help with homework and facts
  6. History Channel–great speeches
  7. How Stuff Works–the gold standard in explaining stuff to kids
  8. Info Please–events cataloged year-by-year
  9. Library Spot— an extensive collection of kid’s research tools
  10. National Geographic for Kids
  11. SchoolsWorld.TV--an eclectic collection of educational videos
  12. Smithsonian Quest–sign up your class; student research/explore with the Smithsonian
  13. SqoolTube Videos–educational videos for Prek-12
  14. TagGalaxy–search using a cloud
  15. Wild Wordsmyth–picture dictionary for kids
  16. World Almanac for Kids
  17. World Book–requires membership
  18. Zanran–statistics and data research

Citation Resources

Once students have found the information they need online, here are great places to make sure they provide the proper citations:

  1. BibMe
  2. Citation Machine
  3. EasyBib

Kids Search Engines

For the youngest researchers, you want more than kid-safe websites. You want an entire search engine that will point students to only the safest, G-rated sites. There are a lot out there but these are the only I recommend at this point:

  1. Kiddle— a visual search engine for kids
  2. Kid Rex
  3. Kidtopia

How to Researchresearch tips

To properly research requires training and practice. Here are sites that will provide both:

  1. A Google A Day
  2. How to Search on Google
  3. Power Searching (with Google)
  4. Teaching students to search/research
  5. Internet Search and Research–a lesson plan for K-8


Finding sites that only provide safe images I find almost impossible. Even Google safe-search shows inappropriate thumbnails too often. Here are a few I recommend:

  1. National Gallery of Art–for kids
  2. Photos for Class–large collection of images
  3. Pics4Learning–a more limited collection but always safe
  4. Smithsonian Wild–200,000 animal pictures!


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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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