Harnessing Databases - An online exercise

Directions: First: write the kind of information you can obtain in each of these online databases.
Next: Use the database to answer the supplementary question(s). printer friendly version

1. Project Gutenberg -

List several classes at your school that could make effective use of this extensive resource.

Look up your favorite author. How many titles are listed? ____________________

(Cannot remember the author of your favorite book? Harness the resources at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com to find it.)


2. Artres.com

List 3 examples of keywords that can be used to search this database.



Name a subject of a presentation where you might use this resource to enhance your key points.



Name two groups who would use this information.


5. Votes Database

Select one person who represents you.

What is their record?


How could this information impact the next election?


6. PoliticalMoneyLine

Select one person who represents you.

Who is their largest out of state contributor?


7. Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

List four of the fields:



How does this resource aid consumers?




How many are available for your area?


10. Epicurious

Select a group of three keywords. Describe a situation in which they would be appropriate.


11. The Poisonous Plant Guide

Name three different jobs ( fields of work) where the individual would find this database helpful.



Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress

How many people represented your state in 1900?

How many people represent your state today?

Is your state gaining influence in Congress or losing it?


Gutenberg was a pivotal person in information sharing.
Use your online research skills to find out about him. How did he change information sharing?



Which database(s) did you employ in your research efforts?


Tim Berners-Lee is a modern day Gutenberg. Do you dispute my assertion or concur with me? Support your answer.


Watch - Delicious Library - a program that helps you track your book and music collections.
What kind of software is this? Name the database it utilizes.



"A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge.
We've tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question."
Admiral Grace Hopper USN

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UTD 2008

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Pennsylvania Academic Standards:

Science and Technology 3.7. Technological Devices -
4. E Identify basic computer communications systems. Apply a web browser. Use on-line searches to answer age appropriate questions.

7 C. Explain and demonstrate basic computer operations and concepts. Know specialized computer applications used in the community.

7 D. Apply computer software to solve specific problems. Apply intermediate skills in utilizing database software.

7 E. Explain basic computer communications systems. Apply basic on-line research techniques to solve a specific problem.

10 D. Utilize computer software to solve specific problems. Select and apply software designed to meet specific needs

10 E. Apply basic computer communications systems.

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening 1.8 Research
5 B. Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies. Use traditional and electronic search tools.

5 C. Organize and present the main ideas from research.

5 B. Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies. Select essential sources - databases