The Neal-Schuman Authoritative Guide to Kids' Search Engines, Subject Directories, and Portals

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Useful for librarians, teachers, and parents, this guide reviews 20 search engines and subject directories for children ages 9-14. Beginning with definitions of search engines, subject directories, and portals, the guide explores the elements of each search tool, discusses ownership and documentation, examines content, and looks at display and navigation tools, search features, results, and rankings. Haycock teaches library, archival, and information studies at the University of British Columbia. Annotation ©2003...
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Overview

Useful for librarians, teachers, and parents, this guide reviews 20 search engines and subject directories for children ages 9-14. Beginning with definitions of search engines, subject directories, and portals, the guide explores the elements of each search tool, discusses ownership and documentation, examines content, and looks at display and navigation tools, search features, results, and rankings. Haycock teaches library, archival, and information studies at the University of British Columbia. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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This compendium analyzes free search engines, directories, and portals for grades 4-9. The authors describe Boolean searching (bot-driven, human researched, or directory), terminology, directories, and portals, and explore filtering, law, and safety. Criteria include display, navigation, content, ease of use, searching options, and credibility (a description of a linking exercise displaying sites that link to a particular site would be a helpful addition here). Ratings for the top 20 "engines, subject directories, and portals" are established by the quality of relevant, educational/noncommercial sites found, based on searches on each for the digestive system and Nelson Mandela. Reviews contain specific information and a rating survey. Search engine comparisons in this uneven terrain prove a daunting task with mixed results: one may excel in coverage or clarity; another, though weak in these areas, may provide more accessible and documented material. Descriptions of engines are more useful than the rating charts. Additional surveys in the final section recommend search engines based on different strengths. Here, a large comparative chart would have been a valuable, at-a-glance addition. Developing tools for Internet evaluation is a new science. Quick changes and the organic nature of this medium are intrinsic considerations in creating paradigms for assessment. Unlike the broad scope of Allen C. Benson's Connecting Kids and the Web (Neal-Schuman, 2003), technical information is limited, and narrowly targeted to Internet searches. Even with these acknowledged limitations, this guide is a useful reference tool for librarians in public libraries and schools, as well as teachers and parents, for locating resources for children.-Phyllis M. Simon, Bay Shore School District, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555704513
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Netguide Ser.
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Understanding Search Tools and How Children Search the Web 1
2 Identifying Elements of Search Tools for Children 7
3 Evaluating and Rating Kids' Search Tools 15
4 The Top Twenty Recommended Search Engines, Subject Directories, and Portals 27
5 Other Notable Search Engines, Subject Directories, and Portals 163
6 Notable Online Tutors and Homework Help Sites 177
7 A Gallery of Recommended Reference Sites for Kids 181
8 Understanding and Explaining Three Critical Issues Facing Children's Use of the Internet 187
Authoritative Resources for Use with Kids 199
Index 223
About the Authors 233
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