I recently received an email from a Diigo group (I apologize I don’t recall the person who submitted the link) featuring the URL of a new search engine for students. ‘Sweet Search’ describes itself as a safe engine for use with students. The search engine has a database of biographies for over 1,000 people as well as listings of websites for educators and students that are categorized by subject area and grade level.
According to their website,
SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.
Most search engines search billions of Web sites and return tens of millions of results; some are from reliable Web sites, some are not. SweetSearch searches only 35,000 Web sites that have been evaluated and approved by a staff of Internet research experts at Dulcinea Media, and its librarian and teacher consultants.
SweetSearch excludes results from the unreliable sites that rank high in other search engines, and waste your time. It lets students choose the most relevant result from a list of credible results, rather than having them waste time on unreliable sites.
The search engine was developed by Dulcinea Media stating its mission that is to help students effectively conduct research on the internet. Dulcinea Media’s website, ‘finding Dulcinea’, is designed to help users find accurate and credible information online. The ‘finding Dulcinea’ website describes itself as the ‘librarian of the internet’ and offers the following on the website:
Web Guides provide a road map to exploring hundreds of topics online, with links to the best resources, ordered logically, and woven with narrative, insights, and research strategies. Web Guide categories include dozens of academic subjects, as well as health, technology, careers, and other topics.
On This Day covers a broad array of intriguing historical events, with links to the best online resources that give a full exposition of the event – what led up to it, what happened that day, what has happened since. In each paragraph of these articles, we cite to the online resource where we found the information.
Happy Birthday celebrates inspiring people, both historic and contemporary and from all cultures and walks of life, with a biographical profile that links to the best online information about the person.
Beyond the Headlines provides a 360-degree view of topics in the news by cohesively weaving together information from multiple sources, and offering opposing viewpoints on controversial topics.
All of the web links and internet resources that are generated by searches using ‘Sweet Search’ are approved and evaluated by librarian, teachers, and expert internet reseachers so teachers can be confident that all search results are safe and reliable. Using Google or other general search engines can pose a risk that the search results are from untrustworthy sources or contain inaccurate information. Unlike ‘NetTrekker‘, the Sweet Search engine is free and offers more than just a reliable search engine. In today’s economy, ‘free’ services are a rarity and definitely a welcome entity to education.