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Find Information - Exercise

Locating information

Objective: Find information using any method you know.


This exercise is an opportunity for you to check your understanding of the material covered in the preceding lesson. When you are finished, click the Submit button to view the suggested results.


In your day-to-day searching


There are no rules, except to find the answer. You may use your choice of directory, search engine, or metasearch engine. If you have bookmarked (or added to Favorites) any of the link sites referred to previously, you may use them as well. If you have key sites, you can use any of them. By using the Syllabus button in the toolbar, you can return to a previous lesson that displayed those links.
Use your knowledge of searching techniques and searching strategy to answer these questions:
  1. What is the address and telephone number of the Japanese Embassy in Finland and the Finnish Embassy in Japan?
  2. Someone has sent you an email warning you about a computer virus called the "Wobbler" and to pass on the warning. Is this a real computer virus or just a hoax in a chain letter?
  3. The United States Mint has begun issuing a series of 50 State Quarters over a ten-year period beginning in 1999. The quarters are issued in the order that the states joined the Union. Which states will appear on quarters in 2003?
  4. The Great Auk is a bird that has been extinct since the late nineteenth century. Can you find a photograph of one (a museum specimen is OK)?
  5. Is the time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia later or earlier than it is where you are? And does Addis Ababa observe Daylight Savings Time in the summer?

One of the goals of this part of the course is to let you personalize the searching resources and sites most valuable to you in your day-to-day information needs. If you feel that there are search questions more appropriate to your line of work or personal interests, feel free to substitute one or more of them for the questions above.
When you are finished, click the Submit button to view the suggested results.


Consider whether a category search, natural language query, link on a key site, or advanced search query with operators and/or other search limits is best suited to the particular task.
If you find yourself at a dead end on one question, go on to the next one. By the time you return to the original question, you may very well have a plan for how to find the answer.