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Searching the Internet
The perils of Wikipedia

Please read Getting the most out of Wikipedia before deciding to use Wikipedia. Click HERE to access the article.

Wikipedia: the changes a page goes through.

This document looks at the history of the wikipedia page for Sally Yates, former US Attorney General under the Obama Administration and former acting Attorney General under the Trump administration.

The images work chronologically backward over a period of roughly five hours. 

Alternative Search Engines to Google

Evaluating websites checklist click HERE

Learn the net: this site provides information on topics such as Internet basics and email etiquette, and web searching with a free Internet tutorial.

Take part in the Spider's Apprentice, a helpful guide to understand who to use web search engines: tips on using Internet search sites like Googe, alltheweb and Yahoo.

Try a different search engine today: 

Addict-o-matic  Blekko  Dogpile  Duck Duck Go   iSeek   Ixquick  Kartoo  Redz   RefSeek   Search Cube  SymbHound  Daybees    Virtual LRC    Wolffram/Alpha   Yippy

Click HERE to access the Library's recommended search engines. 

Spotlight on:

  • Yandex SearchOne of the largest search engine in the world founded in 1997. Ability to run searches on webpages, images, videos, maps and more. Searches can be run in a variety of languages.

Niche directories:

  • integrated directory of knowledge resources and companies (operates a pay per click search engine)
  • Dexigner: leading online portal for designers, includes a directory section
  • Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web: international database of online exhibitions which is a service of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • Virtual Library museums pages: directory of museum websites around the world
  • The Environment Directory: lists links to environmental sites only
  • Pandia powersearch:Offers a selection of specialized search engines, arranged by topic, so it is a good starting point for the hunt of specialized search engines
The Web according to Librarians

Reviewed websites, apps and digital media compiled by school librarians around the UK. (Information taken from The School Librarian)

TeacherTube: an alternative to Youtube?

Samuel Pepys


Talking about Science


Mock elections

Blogging update

True tube

Scotland on screen

Brilliant bookmarks

A history of the world in 100 objects


Book trailers

Round up of book related sites

World War One - centenary websites

Staying safe online

'The Times' archive

Nations online


The beauty of maths

Debating websites

Myths and legends

Taking liberties

Biographies on the web

BBC Topics

Open learn

Finding Shakespeare

Crisis point

The national educational network



World War II anniversaires

World timelines

Heart of the school

Evolving English

Anniversaries of famous people and events for 2009

Homecoming Scotland

The people's network


Astronomy resources

Brought to life: exploring the history of medicine

Survival rivals

Harry Potter's world: renaissance science, magic and medicine

British Library sound archive

Graphic novels

QR codes

King James Bible

Anniversaries for 2011

The big think


Climate change

Sustainable energy


British geological survey


E-book sites

Domesday reloaded

Heritage explorer

ICT connections

Google art project

Olympics round up - part one

Christmas ICT

Scholastic education calendar

War horse

Olympics round up - part two

Critical thinking


Your paintings

Anniversaires in 2012

All the news


Revision round-up

Apps for retrieving and recording information on the go

Round up for readers

Digital disruption

Inforsmart: information skills for creatives

Book drum

Tutankhamun and the golden age of the pharaons


Archimdes lab

The Olympic games

Discovering Antarctica

Glow - the Scottish schools digital network






Free Online Resources

British Library newspaper archive 

Common craft

Council of Australian University Librarians

Cover Browser

Directory of Open Access Journal

Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Europeana: online gateway to European culture

Federal resources for educational excellence

A google a day

Google world wonders projects

Morgue file

Percentage calculator

UK Web Archive

 Vintage ad browser

Voice of America


OpenDOAR: Allows you to search through freely academic research information with more directly useful resources

CIA World factbookOffers information on major reference information around the world. History, people, government, economy, and more are all covered in this online publication.

State legislative websites directoriesUse this database to find information from the legislatures of all 50 U.S. states, DC, and the Territories. You can look up bills, statutes, legislators, and more with this excellent tool.

Science.govIn this government science portal, you can search more than 50 databases and 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. This is an incredible resource for millions of pages of U.S. government science information.


New Websites of the Month

A selection of free resources on Shakespeare:

The sonnet project: Free App. Exploring Shakespeare's sonnets, various actors read poems in different location in and around NYC. Daily examples are featured, and users may refer to the library to browse and select their own. Visually pleasing and innovative introduction.

MIT Global Shakespeare: Offers full-length performances of Shakespeare's plays from around the world in dozen languages, with essays and content from scholars and contrasting different ways Shakespeare's works are presented in other languages, cultures and styles. 

Shakespeare's Globe: Provides teachers with an inventory of teaching guides, teacher's notes, and supplementary information on many of the Bard's plays. Excellent source for drama teachers or those interested in teaching students more about the Shakespearean stage. 

Shakespeare uncovered PBS: Treasure trove of resources; video featuring actors such as David Tennants and Ethan Hawke, digitial short exploring themes, Shakespeare's biography; discussions with experts; full-length performances of select plays. All these resources are free for viewing.

**A selection of websites useful in supporting work around the World War I centenary:

British Library World War One

First World War 100: the National Archives

Operation War Diary

World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings

The Daily Telegraph

IB Level Directories
  • Informine: web directory
  • Intute: built by a consortium of seven UK universities
  • Scirus: very respected science researcher, make a search and choose Preferred web for fee content, journals must be paid for.
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