Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter
Table of Contents
2. Sponsor’s Spot: SchoolExpress.com
3. Weekly Topic: Online Encyclopedias
4. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
5. Note from a Reader
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. August 30, 2006
Based on the tremendous feedback I received on the topic of going back to college (I got 809 questions from readers within hours of asking!), I created a free discussion forum where adults considering taking the leap into a degree program can talk with others who have already done it and who are considering it.
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I know, I know. It looks empty and deserted. But that’s where you come in! Together we can inspire hundreds (maybe thousands) of adults to invest in themselves, and pursue a degree.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
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#3. Online Encyclopedias
by Barbara J. Feldman
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Although the Internet could be viewed as one giant encyclopedia, there is one very important difference: the bulk of the Internet is written by sources with dubious credentials. When you need background information for a school paper or a research project, you not only need it quickly, you need to trust your sources. Here are my recommendations for trustworthy (and free) online encyclopedias.
Encarta offers 4,500 articles from their CD-ROM encyclopedia, hundreds of related multimedia clips, a talking dictionary, and a world atlas. Although many of the encyclopedia articles are behind the subscription wall, you can get a renewable two-hour pass for free. Simply enter Encarta via MSN Search ( http://search.msn.com ) by clicking on the Encarta tab, or visiting any Encarta link from your search results page. You will need to have cookies enabled to use the free pass. When it expires, you can return to MSN Search to get another.
Although not strictly a general purpose encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia Smithsonian “features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources on subjects from Art to Zoology.” Since there is no search function, the only way to navigate is through the rather eclectic A to Z topic listing. Using your browser Find function to search for specific words (Control-F in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Netscape) might be useful on this long index page. Although the interface is chunky, the content is first rate, so don’t let it stop you from exploring what the Smithsonian has to offer.
High Beam’s Encyclopedia.com is composed of 57,000 articles from the sixth edition of Columbia Encyclopedia. Each entry is short but includes hyperlinked references to other encyclopedia articles, as well as links to periodicals and images in the fee-based HighBeam Research Engine. The Web button is a meta-search function that allows you to choose five (of twenty-six) engines to search simultaneously.
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#4. What Did We Miss? Submit or Link To Us
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#5. Note from a Reader
I am an elementary school counselor. You may have previously listed sites that pertain to character education, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. If you have, is there a way for me to see them? I guess what I’m trying to ask is do you have archive files? I love what you are doing. Thanks.
Susan C. Kocher, M.Ed.
Sacred Heart of Jesus School
Thanks for asking. Here are some past columns that might interest you:
Kids and Tobacco
Preventing Drug Abuse
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