Kid’s Search

April 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Kids, Research

Remote Access   In-house Access

A search interface designed specifically for primary & lower secondary school students combines a state-of-the-art search engine (powered by EBSCOhost®) with a child-friendly, graphically rich design that is both powerful and fun to use Search EBSCO’s American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, EBSCO Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Image  Collection, and Primary Search databases.
Filter search results by source type and choose to add search results, images, or persistent links to searches to your personal Folder.

Things to Know For Searching:

  • You might need to type different versions of the same words to get all the results. For example, if you type “mountain” in the search box it will search for the word “mountain” as well as “mountains.” However, if you type in “mountains” (plural) it will only search for the plural version. It will leave out all the results that include the word “mountain.” Also if you type in “child” you will need to do another search for “children” as the single term will not search this type of plural.
  • You can make your search more specific and accurate by picking where you search. So if you type in “tiger” in the main box, it will search all the categories. However, if you click on the category “animals” and choose a few of the subtopics provided and then type “tiger” in the search box, it will only search the animal categories you picked…giving you less results to look through.
  • Clicking on the Detailed Search link at the top of the home page will also allow you to limit your search, not only by subject but by type of information. So if you only wanted biographies and magazines articles, you could go to Detail Search and choose to only search those areas.
  • For more help searching, click the Help link in the upper right hand corner of the page. On the page that appears, look at the advice listed under the heading of Searching. There is also an online tutorial for searching under the heading Welcome.

Things to Know For Your Results:

  • Results are divided by type, dictionary entries, biographies, etc.
  • You can print, email, or save your results. When doing so it will give you the option to save, print, or email in a certain citation format like APA or MLA.
  • You can limit your results by lexile (reading) levels. Here is a breakdown of these levels:
    Chart for lexile levels (reading levels by grade)
    Grade Text Measures (from the Lexile Map)
    Grade 1 200 to 400
    Grade 2 300 to 500
    Grade 3 500 to 700
    Grade 4 650 to 850
    Grade 5 750 to 950
    Grade 6 850 to 1050
    Grade 7 950 to 1075
    Grade 8 1000 to 1100
    Grade 9 1050 to 1150
    Grade 10 1100 to 1200
    Grade 11 & Grade 12 1100 to 1300

Guided Video Tutorial:

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Jamie has been working in libraries since her high school days. She holds a double BA, MA and an MLIS. She loves her baby boy, couponing and answering Reference inquires!


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