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Internet Tools - Google and More

Collaborate on a Wiki

What's an RSS Feed and Why Would I One?

The Teacher's Own Google

Editing Pictures Online

Google Research

Let Google Be Your Clipping Service


Educational Media
This three-times a year newsletter is published by the Renton Technical College Library.  If you have any suggestions for topics, please call the library at     (425) 235-2331, or  email  Laura Staley at

The library has over 1300 videos and DVDs covering the RTC curriculum. Want to know if we have anything for your RTC program? Call us at (425) 235-2331.

The library is located at: 3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA 98056



Research Beyond Google

There are web search engines that may find you better material more quickly than Google.  They do it by limiting the web pages they list—only the pages with authoritative information are indexed. Below are two databases of guaranteed-to-be-great web pages.

ALA/RUSA Best Free Reference Web Sites is a database of free resources that reference librarians have voted to be valuable for research. Find it at:

The database consists of pages from such sites as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, NASA, Amazon, the US Census Bureau, Britannica, Science Daily, and other useful resources.  When you search this database, you really are searching a small subset of the best resources on the web.

This is database is part of Google Co-op, a program to create small custom-made search engines.  Want to build one of your own?  See  

Librarians Index to the Internet . Their motto is ‘Websites you can trust.’  This is a larger version of Best Free Reference Web Sites.  It has over 20,000 websites.  Each has passed through a multi-layer approval process to evaluate its authoritativeness and reliability. You can also get to it through the library website:


Something Extra:


This website—recommended by Instructional Improvement—offers many free teacher tools including:

·   Rubrics generator—Quickly create rubrics for such things as notebooks, teamwork, class participation, presentations and more.

·   Graphic Organizer Makers—Under “Free Worksheet Makers”. Take a look at the “Concept Web Generator”, the “Timeline Generator” and the “Lesson Plan Generataor.

·   Word Search Makers are found under “Free Printable Page Builders.

Just go to and click on the Tools tab (or go straight to



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