Research Websites for Kids -Elementary, Middle & High School Students

Updated on August 10, 2017

These free kid-friendly online research websites, search engines, and references help students with research in all subjects and grades levels.  In addition to search tools, there are bibliography tools, MLA citation generators, online dictionaries, primary sources, encyclopedias and thesauruses.
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Awesome Library Student Research
 
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Awesome Library provides organized links to 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.

All Ages (K-12)
BibMe
 
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Automated bibliography makers for the most popular bibliography styles used in US schools - APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turbanian.

Middle and High School (6-12)
Biography History and Culture
 
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learn about historical and current figures in social studies, science, literature and the arts.

All Ages (K-12)
Census Bureau Census.gov
 
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The leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.  For teachers, there are videos on using census statistics in the classroom.

All Ages (K-12)
Citation Machine
 
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Compile a bibliography for your school papers in APA, MLA or Chicago style.

High School (9-12)
CiteThisForMe
 
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Tool designed to help students prepare their whole bibliography or reference list.

All Ages (K-12)
CyberSleuth Kids: Search the Internet
 
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A kid-safe,online search engine and guide for the K-12 student, particularly those in grades 3-6.

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)
Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts
 
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Get answers to your science and technology-related research topics from this Library of Congress site. Reading level and content is suitable for grades 3-8.

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)
Fact Monster
 
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This award-winning site has an almanac, atlas, dictionary and encyclopedia, with information sorted by school subject. Reading level and content suitable for grades 3-8.

All Ages (K-12)
Google Book Search
 
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Browse books online on the topic you are researching. View the content containing your topic, and even download pdf versions of out-of-copyright books. 

Middle and High School (6-12)
Google Earth Website, Software and App
 
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Downloadable software that provides satellite imagery-based view of the earth from space to street level - for geography, the earth, economics, and more.

All Ages (K-12)
Harvard Reference Generator
 
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Tool for producing Harvard-style references in the correct format. While it lacks the save bibliography function, it is simple and accurate.

Middle and High School (6-12)
Historical Marker Database
 
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Useful research tool for local history. The database contains more than 92,000 markers. Consider adding to the database as a classroom project.

All Ages (K-12)
History Matters: Reference Desk
 
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Guidance on the research standards for citing websites and how to evaluate their authority. There is also guidance on copyright and fair use laws.

High School (9-12)
KidsClick! Web Search for Kids
 
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A student-friendly search tool for grades 3-8. Search results for younger elementary students may be above their reading levels.

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)
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