When the research topic is more specialized, head to Noodle Tools. This website offers a set of free research tools to help kids choose the best research strategy. By clicking on the “Noodle Quest” tool, kids will be asked seven questions about their research. After checking boxes indicating whether they are kids and telling about the types of media they are seeking and the timeliness of the information needed, the tool returns a recommended research strategy with links to resources on the Internet.
Noodle Tools also offers the “Choose a Search Engine” tool that provides a chart showing 31 different ways to approach information and multiple links to how to obtain that information. For example, if children are seeking biographical information or U.S. government information, the chart links them to specific research tools that specialize in finding that type of information.
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