AOL@SCHOOL, a provider of online resources for teachers and students, premiered its new StudyBuddy.com free search engine. StudyBuddy.com is designed specifically to anticipate the informational needs of students and to return grade-appropriate, relevant results, according to AOL. Students can use StudyBuddy.com to search by keywords for specific information or browse by subject area. Search results are organized to meet assignment requirements for relevance and for sourcing by media type such as articles, web sites, photos, maps, and more. Full content pages from reference works by World Book and Columbia Encyclopedias, MapQuest Atlas, National Geographic, the Princeton Review, and the CIA World Fact Book are returned with searches, as are Booknotes entries, providing summaries and study guides for 400 of the most widely read K-12 books. Digital “Backpacks”—tools designed to let users save searches—help students share information. Parents and students are also able to customize searches based on grade level. A free essay tool lets students write about any topic and get a free critique in 20 seconds. Plus, Algebra 1 students can take a free high-stakes exam practice test that is available in Spanish and English.
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