Review some basic
information about searching the web, read about how
internet search engines work then complete the tutorial
"Second Generation Searching on the Web" before starting
your research for the following written assignment. This additional online
set of tutorials has information for both the novice and the advanced
web surfer. Take a look at them.
Part I. Comparing Different Search
Search for information on chlorofluorocarbons (a general subject) using
the following search engines: Google,
Google Scholar (enter via CH 350 part of the Library website; on Library Homepage under "Class Stuff" choose class research guides link), Teoma, Scirus,
SurfWax and Ixquick.
The "Making the net easier" website is a list of 150+ different web search engines. Choose any two other search engines from this list to add to your search. Do the same exercise for the compound Buckminsterfullerene. Write a document
that compares and contrasts how the various search tools responded to
your chlorofluorocarbon search; how they responded to your buckminsterfullerene
search; and then compare and contrast the two searches. You must do an in depth discussion with examples. This is a document
that will be graded for grammar and spelling as well as your intellectual
content. Think about things like:
- Were some search tools more efficient than others?
- How relevant were the "hits"?
- Were the listed order of hits indicative of how meaningful the returned
documents were to your search?
- Were the documents returned by your search from reliable sources (remember ANYONE can post ANYTHING on the web!)
Read the document "Evaluating Internet Sources" to learn more about how to determine the reliability of internet documents
Try narrowing your search with a couple of
the search engines by using multiple concepts (use information you gleaned
from your initial search to develop multiple concept terms.) Were you
able to improve your ratio of good hits to not so good ones?
Part II. Finding Specific Information
Use any search engines to answer the following questions:
- Taxol is a natural product that has recently been approved by the
FDA for medical treatment.
- From what natural source found in the Pacific Northwest was it
- Taxol has been approved for treatment of what two ailments?
- Under what tradename does Bristol-Myers Squibb Company market
- Frederick Sanger has won, not one, but two Nobel Prizes.
- In what years was he a recipient?
- For what scientific work was he honored?
- Locate three industrial jobs for which to apply (you don't actually
have to apply, just pretend that you are going to apply.)
- Research the company, and using this information, rank the positions
in order of your preference and explain how you arrived at your rankings
(there is no right or wrong answer here.)
- Write a letter of application for your first choice position (you
might need to do some research on how to write a job application letter.)
This assignment is to be turned
in electronically. If you use any word processor other than Mocrosoft
Word, (such as Works or Pages), you MUST save your document as a Word compatible
.doc, .docx or pdf file. Turn the assignment in using the file upload link on the Moodle site.
should be a facsimile of a real letter of application complete with letterhead and turned in as a separate file.
Microsoft Word has templates that you can use for generating letters. When you turn in your file, please name it using the following conventions:
Yourlastname_websearching.docx (Example: courtney_websearching.docx)
Yourlastname_letter.docx (Example: courtney_letter.docx)