When you do online research be sure your sources of information are RELIABLE! Think about the following:
  1. Who wrote the information? Is the author an expert or do they say where they got the information? (Look for an About or Contact the author or organization link.)
  2. Look at the web address. Is the extension .gov (government), .edu (educational institution), .org (usually a non-profit organization) or .com (commercial)?
  3. When was it written and how old is the information? (Look for a copyright date or last updated date, often found at the bottom of the page.)
  4. Does the website look professional or "homemade?"
  5. Is it easy to navigate the website, or find your way around?
  6. Is the information biased? What is the author's purpose?

Use the Big6 Strategy to Guide You:
  1. Big6 intro video
  2. Example of how to use the Big6 for a research project

Start your research here:
Grolier Encyclopedia, Dictionary, and Thesaurus
WorldBook Online Encyclopedia (home use: ask Librarian for username, password)
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus

National Geographic Kids

Copyright Friendly Sources:
Google images: Do a search for an image. Then, look up at the top of the web page. Click on Search Tools. Under Usage Rights click on labeled for reuse. (Note: you may want to try some of the other search tools. For example, you can restrict your search to large, full color photos, published during the past week.)
Flickr images under Creative Commons license Read the information on the right side of the site.
Pics4Learning (be sure to read image use policy)
Compfight (a Flickr search tool) After doing a search, click on Creative Commons on the left side.
Other sources for pictures
Music and sound

Search Engines:
Google AFTER you do a search you can do an Advanced Search by clicking on the little gear button in the upper right corner. This lets you limit your search to websites with certain extensions (for example, only .gov sites).
SweetSearch4Me The results of a search are all websites that educators have approved.

Crediting Sources:
Remember to give credit to your sources of information! That's called "citing your sources." WorldBook Online and Grolier provide citations you can copy at the bottom of every article.
Use EasyBib - an easy way to create a Works Cited page.