Harnessing Databases - An online exercise
Directions: First: write
the kind of information you can obtain in each of these online databases.
1. EDGAR -
List 2 people or activities that would use EDGAR's information.
2. PatFT -
Enter your last name. How many hits did your search yield?
Give an example of when you might need information From the PatFT database.
What entity maintains the PatFT database?
3. IMDb -
The site search has a popup
menu. It offers choices like: All, Titles, Names, etc.
4. PLANTS -
Click on the PLANT of the week. You will see info offered on Symbol, Group, Family, Growth Habit.
They are examples of ___________________________ (enter the appropriate database term)
5. U.S. Gazetteer -
Enter the appropriate data and write your query results:
Now enter Washington in the name field. Search. Look at the number of records.
How is the use of the keyword - state important in your search?
6. Registry Whois -
Go to Information about Whois > Search Whois
Enter si.edu - what organization owns that domain name?
7. Bartleby.com -
How would the resources, that are available in this database, be useful to you when you are preparing a speech?
8. OneLook -
How many resources can be accessed through this database search engine?
Look up "phat". How many resources list it? __________________
TAI (Think About It) - Look up "phat" in a print dictionary.
I bet it is not listed.
9. dmoz - Open Directory Project -
Assess - Is your school listed in the directory? ________________________
Does this database actually count calories? ________________________
Name several professionals who would find it useful in their work.
Look up an organization you know. Write the name here.
In 2007, the median income of a family in the USA was $50,700.
How much does the CEO of the charity earn?
Does this information impact your decision to contribute?
Look up your community's name or school name.
What information is provided?
Who might use this information?
13. Watch this web video from the New York Times -
What kind of software is this?
How do you currently organize this data?
Name the database it utilizes.
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Database Activity - vocabulary
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Pennsylvania Academic Standards: Science and Technology 3.7. Technological Devices
5 B. Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies. Select essential sources - databases