Searching and Researching on the Internet

Part I: Selecting a research topic

1. Activity: Watch the Powerpoint lecture on search engines and how to come up with key words for your search.

2. Project I: When you are assigned a research paper, the first step is to find a topic that is interesting to you. Come up with a list of ten topics that you find interesting, but be specific. For example, list "hockey" instead of "sports". Once you have your ten topics, select five of those and come up with ten key words or phrases you think you could search under to find information about your topic. Put your thought process from the list of ten down to the key words or phrases in some type of visual format to share with the class. (Powerpoint, concept map, Excel, etc.)

Part II: Credible and Not Credible Sources

1. Lecture: View the Powerpoint with information and answer the questions as you go through the slides. Be sure to take the time to try the examples; it will only help you with your assignments.

 link to powerpoint click here:

2. Scavenger Hunt: Students will take an interactive journey and have to determine the viability of the sources they encounter. Log on to the Scavenger Hunt file and think about the information as you go. Write down the answers to the questions you encounter on the way.

You will be given three scenarios - Choose one to complete.


3. Reflections: Finally, think about what you have seen and read and reflect and comment about how it has or hasn't changed your thinking of what sources you will use.

Part III: Search Engines and Databases

1. Video Assignment: Log on to the link in the assignment and sign up for the free trial to view the video on searching the internet. Click on the icon, "Computers and Internet", then click on the video, "Internet Search". Take the quiz and email me your results at

 Review the information on the database lecture if needed to give you the information you need to complete Project II.

2. Project II: Go on the internet and find at least six search engines and databases that you can access. Make a chart that illustrates their weaknesses and strengths. Categories could include: readability (how easy it is to read), navigability (go from one place to another), information quality, sponsors (organizations, institutions, businesses), best used for, age level appropriate.

Part IV: Exploration and Research

1. Saving Information:

View lectures and read supplemental information about paraphrasing information and plagiarism in attached assignment files.

 click here for link to powerpoint:

2. Project 3: selecting one of the topics from Part 1, create an appropriate research question. Run it by the professor to be checked before you begin. Then, research information on your topic. Find 3-5 good sources of information. Tell why that site is good and outline the notes you would use from each site. Each source should be on its own page with the source information, a paragraph of explanation and outline. The outline can be bullet points, concept map, or graphic organizer. Of course, in your own words, but doesn't have to be complete sentences.

Part V: Bibliography Page

1. Discussion Question: What were the greatest frustrations you found looking for information? What would you do to redesign or change some of the web pages to make them easier or better?

2. Bibliographies: View the Powerpoint lecture on why bibliographies are necessary and what you need to look for when using internet resources. There is also a tutorial on to help you with the assignment. You can also use a program of your choice as long as you can upload the file to the instructor.

click here for link to easy bib tutorial:

3. Project 4: Take the resources from your research and format them correctly using one of the online sources.  Create a reference for a book, an interview, and a magazine. Use your imagination to make it relate to your topic, but fill in all the correct information for practice. We will use MLA for this assignment.

  4. Class Evaluation: On the final day of the class, please fill open the class evaluation document, fill out and email in to the instructor.
Class Evaluation Document link

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