How to Find the Best Notebooking Printables on the Internet

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Every homeschool mom knows the power of the Internet to provide instant, free teaching resources. But those resources are only valuable if you can locate them. The Internet is huge, and finding what you need can be a challenge at times, especially if what you want is a bit obscure or very specific.

Today’s notebooking tips are how I locate the best notebooking printables on the Internet.

Finding Free Notebooking Pages

Search is all about your terms. For finding a notebooking page obviously you need to try the term “notebooking page.” But there are other terms that often provide what you want.

  • {topic} notebooking page
  • {topic} worksheet
  • {topic} poster
  • {topic} diagram
  • {topic} chart
  • {topic} activity
  • {topic} printable
  • {topic} lapbook
  • {topic} template
  • {topic} map
Try a few different terms, and look through the first three or four pages of results before you give up. There is probably something there.  Often a great site is hidden lower in the results. (If you have a Google account, tell Google that you like what you found via a G+ button on your browser. That will move those results up in the search engine results next time.)

Finding PDFs

PDFs always look nicer for printing than a webpage does, so when I search for notebooking resources, I often look for that particular format. Here is how to do that easily.

To search for PDFs on Google, add filetype:pdf at the end of your search term. All of the results that you receive will be in PDF format.

To be honest, I never use that method because I don’t ever remember to. Instead I use a few steps to get to that point.

At Google, I scroll all the way down to Advanced Search and click.

Then I enter my search term at the top and find the drop down menu for file type. Select PDF, and click Advanced Search to begin the search. (Notice you then get the filetype:pdf function in your search box plus a whole list of results.)

I found both of these great family tree diagrams using this exact method:

These are to go along with our Heritage History study of British Middle Ages. You can see one of the eBooks on my iPad in the photo below.

Heritage History studies of British Middle Ages

Visual aids like these family tree diagrams can be printed and put directly into a notebook after some study or notation. In this case, I had my daughter highlight some of the key figures as a review of several chapters from Our Island Story.

Bonus Tip

Combine these two strategies for super search power. So to locate a diagram of the Norman Kings of England, I can search for Norman Kings family tree diagram filetype:PDF. 

Do you have any tips for searching for notebooking printables? I’d love to hear them in a comment below.

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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Kristen Reply

This is so helpful — thank you!!

Melanie Grant Reply

I always thought I knew quite a lot about the net but today you taught me something I didn’t know and funnily enough I normally spend ages looking for printables in this format but have to follow all sorts of links and pages before I get what I want. Thanks for this:)

Roxie Reply

Thank You so much for this great resource!!!! I really appreciate you passing on this tip because it will help me when I research a topic.

Mary Reply

This is a really helpful post, Jimmie — thank you!

Chareen Reply

Hello Jimmie

Thank you so much for this. It has helped me so much this morning. I hae been struggling a little to get Mr Google to assit me in finding notebook pages on the www.


Diana Reply

Thanks for the tip on finding PDF files!

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