Dear Amy: Where can I find a safe online dictionary and a safe online research guide for my school? — Hannah, Donalds, S.C.
Dear Hannah: Most online dictionaries are made for adults, but luckily there are also some designed just for kids. One of my favorites is Merriam-Webster’s Word Central, wordcentral.com. Use the search bar to look up words in the online dictionary, thesaurus or rhyming dictionary. Another great option is Wordsmyth’s Children’s Dictionary at kids.wordsmyth.net/we. Click on a topic keyword to see related words or search for a word in the search bar.
For a guide to online research, check out ClassZone’s Web Research Guide at classzone.com/books/research_guide. Start by brushing up on your skills with the Internet Basics Quiz, and then try a tutorial such as Doing Research on the Web or Citing Web Sources. You’ll also find recommended sites listed by subject.
Need help figuring out where to start your research? Try NoodleQuest at noodletools.com/noodlequest. Check the boxes next to any statements that apply to you and click “Show me a research strategy” for a personalized list of resources.
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