There are many more than 8 types of metal. In fact the majority of the elements in the Periodic Table are considered metals. A few common characteristics of metals include a shiny appearance, being solid at room temperature, the ability to conduct electricity, and being malleable. A more detailed list is available here: http://tinyurl.com/cuftsfq
If you are looking for more general information on metals Chem4Kids.com is an excellent resource. This page talks about how to identify a metal and provides basic information on the different metal classifications of the periodic table: Actinide Metals, Lanthanide Metals, Alkali Metals, Alkaline-Earth Metals, Rare Metals, Rare-Earth Metals, and Transition Metals.
Andrew Rader maintains Chem4Kids.com. His background in science and computers makes this site easy to navigate and understand.
As you specifically mentioned the number 8, you may be looking more for information on Metalloids. These are elements that have the properties of both metals and nonmetals. There are 7 commonly accepted Metalloids. These are Boron(B), Silicon(S), Germanium(Ge), Arsenic(As), Tellurium(Te), and Polonium(Po). Some refer to 8 elements by including Astatine (At). See this article from Buzzle for more information: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/metalloids-in-the-periodic-table.html
To find the sources above I performed several Google searches using the search terms <types of metals>, <characteristics of metals>, and <metalloids>.
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