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Helpful Hints for Kids Search. Linda Eleftheri Second Grade Teacher March 2009. Kids Search . Kids Search is free to Indiana students. The information is provided through INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Library. The resources are for kids in grades Kindergarten – Eighth Grade.

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helpful hints for kids search
Helpful Hints for Kids Search

Linda Eleftheri

Second Grade Teacher

March 2009

kids search

Kids Search

Kids Search is free to Indiana students.

The information is provided through INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Library.

The resources are for kids in grades Kindergarten – Eighth Grade.

Ebsco is the company that creates and maintains the information in the databases.

easy to use
Easy to Use
  • The information you will find in Kids Search has been previewed by teachers and librarians.
  • The reading levels of the articles in this site are for students in elementary and middle school.
  • You can choose to view newspaper articles, magazines, encyclopedia & dictionary information, photos, maps and more.
faster safer
Faster & Safer
  • Instead of getting lost searching the World Wide Web of the Internet, use Kids Search.
  • You will find more results at your reading level, faster.
  • You don’t have to worry about finding things that are inappropriate or unsafe.
this is the web address for kids search
This is the web address for Kids Search:

You don’t have to use the long URL.

Just go to INSPIRE and select

Kids Search. It is usually

bookmarked or linked on school

and public library websites.

key word searching
Key Word Searching
  • Type the word cat into the Find box.
  • You will get 43,551 results. That is way too many. So try to be very specific about what you want to find.
  • Click CATS under Narrow Results by. This will limit the results to 566. That is still a lot of results.
  • Click DOMESTIC animals. Now you only have to sort through 28 results. Click KITTENS and you have 11 choices.
viewing results
Viewing Results
  • Since there are 28 results for KITTENS, use the page number to go to the next 10 results or click Next at the bottom of the screen.
  • Notice the (Lexile) number in blue by some of the articles.
  • The next slide will explain what these numbers mean.
reading levels
Reading Levels
  • Using the results list from KITTENS,

compare the reading level of TEMPLE CAT(610) to AMAZING PET HEROS(990). Amazing Pet Heroes is more challenging to read because of the number of syllables in each word, the number of words in the sentences and the number of sentences in each paragraph.

  • Use the chart on the next slide to help you find your Lexile Range.
reading levels11
Reading Levels

Lexile - Look at the numbers on the chart next to your grade level. Match these with the numbers next to the information you find.

This will show about

how difficult or easy the information you find will be to read.

return to results list
Return to Results List

To get back to your list of results after you look at an article or picture, go back to the Results List at the bottom of the screen.


Try typing the name of your

research item in the Find box.

Click GO.

Use a word like airpollution and

try to limit the number of results.

Check the Lexile ranges as you explore

your results.

air pollution search
Air Pollution Search

Can you find 30 results for

Air pollution? Find the picture

LAST WORDS. Find out why the

children are wearing masks.

Type Nintendo games in the

Find bar and click GO.

Do you have 39 or 3,900 results?

Try to limit the results

to something that interests you.

use the back button
Use the Back Button
  • Go back to the Home Screen.
  • Always Clear your old searches before starting a new one.
  • Use the back button, green arrows on the tool bar, after trying a search if you just want to limit the results. Practice returning to the HOME Screen or clearing old search results.
limit search results
Limit Search Results

Enter stuffed animals and see

how many results you find. Now

limit the results by using

Stuffed animal (Toys) from the

left column under Narrow Results.

You should have about 40 results now.

topic search
Topic Search
  • Use the Home Page to search by Topic.
  • Click Animals with the picture of the elephant. Look at the list of search items.
  • Select Pets and Fun – then click GO. Look at the Results list in the form of Magazines.
search by topic
Search by Topic

Click the Elephant for information about animals.


Click Animals. Check the box for Pets and Fun. Click GO. Look at all results. Read the titles of each article to see if some interest you. Then check Magazines.

narrow your search
Narrow Your Search

Start with Animals again.

Narrow the search by clicking Habitats.

Then click Habitat (Ecology) to limit the search to Endangered Species. Now you only have 37 results

instead of 717.

filter results
Filter Results

Look at the Filter results tab. You can choose to view only the Magazine articles or just the Newspaper articles. Decide what you want to view and remember to check the Lexile range. Check out the Books & Encyclopedias icon. Then use the back button to return to Magazines.

using filters
Using Filters

Click Social Studies for the Topic Search then check the box next to Geography.

Try to find What is Geography? (Lexile 650) and

How To Read a Map(Lexile 690).

Which article would help you locate the

United States on a map?

limiting results and sorting
Limiting Results and Sorting

Select Language Arts from topics. Check the box for Folktales.

Click BOOKS—Reviews from the Narrow Results column.

Keep narrowing your results by clicking the kind of book reviews

you want to explore.


Go back to Animals. Check the Habitats box. PressGo. Narrow Results with Endangered Species. Narrow Results again with Habitat (Ecology).

how to view a resource
How to View a Resource

The 7th result is from a Weekly Reader Newspaper. Even if there is no Lexile Range, we can find information that is easy to read. To view the article click the icon by PDF Full Text. The Weekly Ready

was scanned into the

computer. If you click the name of the article,

Blue Skies, only a summary

of the article will appear.

full text
Full Text

If you want to read the full article or see all of the information click PDF or HTML Full Text to see the full document.

in the news
In The News
  • Return to the Home page and click IN THE NEWS.

The Results will show many topics from the

main headings (Search by Topic).

  • Or pick from (Search within current topics) such

as Let’s Go to the Movies or Cool Science.

  • Click In the News, then Let’s Go to the Movies.
  • Click Go.
  • Photos will show a picture of a famous green

movie star. Who is he?

  • Biographies reports about child actors -

See result number 7.

  • Books & Encyclopedias have information about

the top 25 Amusement Parks.

cool images
Cool Images
  • Click on Images to find photos of people, nature and famous places & historical landmarks.
  • You can copy maps and flags into your reports and projects.

Put a check in the boxes Historical photos and Photos of

places to help narrow the search for images.

Type a key word in the Find box and click GO.

By entering “white house” you will get too many results that do not show The White House.

Try entering more specific

words like “The White House Tour”.

Now the results are fewer (44) and the results are all pictures of the inside and outside of the real White House

in Washington, DC.

note taking
Note Taking

Use a word document while you are

searching to take notes. Minimize the

word document page in a small corner screen.

Copy and paste sections of information and

type your own thoughts next to it.

Remember to put “quotation marks” around

the ideas you borrow from others and give

credit to the person who wrote it.

It is never OK to pretend you

wrote something that someone

else created.

citing articles
Citing Articles

Click on the citation to find the information you need to cite your source. You will need the author’s name, the title of the information, a date and where your information came from.

Visit the helpful websites below for Citing Resources.

  • Education Place
  • MLA Citation Maker from

The Plone CMS

  • The print, email and save features as well as the “add to a folder” options are the same at the top and bottom of the screen. For our school projects the print command is the one we will use most.
  • Future lessons can include directions and practice using the other features.
valuable information
Valuable Information

The choices at the top are the same at the bottom.


There are two (2) print icons. Always ask an adult before you print. Only the information about the article will print now. If you want to print the Weekly Reader article click PDF Full Text and then click Print.


This box is for emailing

article information. To email

resources you must provide

a real email address and the

computer you are using must

have an email account set up.


To email the resources you must provide an email address, put in a subject and a comment to tell what you are sending.

Rich Text is already selected. A pop up box will let you know

if the email was sent correctly.


To save the article, make sure you can

see the story and then save it to a file that you can locate later. Rename the article by using save as. If you save now you will only be saving this link and information about the article.

add to a folder
Add to a Folder

Add to folder means you can store resources in a folder now and view them again later.

We will not be using this feature unless your teacher sets up a folder with you.

If you use the folder at home have a parent help you. You will have a password and username to remember.

more practice
More Practice
  • You will have more practice in the lab with your teacher using Kids Search.
  • You will practice using many other parts of the Kids Search site.