STAR Early College High School @ Erasmus
Internet Seminar: Finding Information Online

In this seminar, we will explore a few techniques and resources for finding information on the web.
After the discussion, you will participate in an Internet Scavenger Hunt.

Part I: About Searching the Web

Subject directories

Search engines

Evaluating search results


Part II: An Internet Scavenger Hunt

Form into groups of four. The challenge is to see which group can find the most correct answers by the end of the seminar. To receive credit for answering the question, you must provide:
  1. the answer
  2. an exact URL for the page (or pages) where you found it.
  3. a description of how you found it online. Document your search steps while you are searching the net. Each time you start a search for an answer, take notes so you will be able to describe your successful searches. What search engines, subject trees, or other resources did you use to find your answer? If you used any search engines, which query brought you to the successful hit? If you found your answer by browsing, what sequence of hyperlinks did you follow? If you find your answer by piecing information together from more than one Web page, you will need to document your search steps for each Web page listed.  I must be able to reproduce a pathway to your cited Web page by following your search steps.
  4. How would you have found the answer to the question without using the Internet?
  5. An honest response - was it easier to find the answer to the question online, or might it have been easier to find the answer some other way?

You will not receive credit if you skip steps 2-4!

A few tips on searching:

  1. At which national park would you expect to find "hoodoos"? What are "hoodoos"?
  2. Sometimes, blonde hair acquires a greenish tint after swimming in chlorinated water. Find out everything that you can about this problem: what causes it, how to fix it, and how to prevent it.
  3. Have any U.S. presidents remained unmarried? If so, which ones?
  4. What is the fuel tank capacity of a 2001 Toyota Camry LE?
  5. On what date did Finland become a member state of the United Nations?
  6. Where can I find the full opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court Judges for specific court cases?
  7. When was the worst snowstorm on record in New England? What made it the worst?
  8. What was the Sacred Truce? Why was it important to the Olympic Games?
  9. Where can I find a list of graduate schools in Eastern Massachusetts that have good Psychology Ph.D. programs?
  10. How many DVD formats are available? Which is the most versatile?
  11. On May 5th, 2002, an incredible event occurred in the sky involving three planets. Which planets were involved? What happened?
  12. The gem Corundum is called a sapphire unless it is colored red. What do they call a red colored corundum?
  13. What are the four national languages of the Democratic Republic of Congo?
  14. Who said, "cogito ergo sum"? What does that mean?
  15. In 1895, what was Oklahoma's population?
  16. Who coined the word "spectrum"? (and why was it given that name?)
  17. William Howard Taft said that the position he held after the Presidency was his greatest honor. What was that position?
  18. How many tablespoons are there in 2 and a half cups of flour?
  19. Who holds the United States Patent number D501,602? What is it for?
  20. Which city or town uses the ZIP code 32123?
  21. The "Red Room " of the White House wasn't always red. What color did Dolley Madison use to decorate the room that is now know as the Red Room?
  22. How do you say "three" in Tagalog?
  23. I want to fly from New York to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At what times are there American Airline flights from NYC to Toronto on January 5, 2008?
  24. Where else is there a place called Queens, other than in New York City?
  25. What is the name of the town with the smallest population in Kazakhstan?