Homework 2: Web Searching
60 points, due Mar. 12, 1999
Choose any three of the following topics to research:
Using the web search engine(s) and/or web site(s) of your choice, determine
whether or not each of your three topics is true or false. In some cases
you may have to sort-out conflicting reports.
- It will soon be possible to file for divorce on the Internet.
- A US Nazi web publisher was taken into custody in Germany.
- A man was charged $250.00 for a Neiman Marcus cookie recipe.
- If you open a piece of e-mail with the subject ``Good Times,'' your
PC will be infected with the so-called Good Times virus.
- A man was jailed because of a computer glitch.
- Flaws in Microsoft Internet Explorer allow hackers to steal user's
private encryption keys.
- Someone got 2,500 parking tickets because his license plate says
- The Y2K problem caused IRS computers to declare 1,000 taxpayers to be
- Convicted prisoners are used by an airline to take reservations.
- A vandal broke into Yahoo and posted a ransom note demanding the
release of Kevin Mitnick.
Write your results up as an MS Word document. For each topic, provide the
In evaluating your work, what will separate an ``A'' from a ``B'' will be
the justification behind your findings. The web holds contradictory
information regarding several of these topics. Given that, you need to
justify why you selected the particular web sites you cited.
- The relevent information you found regarding the topic.
- The search engines consulted and final query strings used.
- The URLs of the sites you used in researching the topic.
Send your Word document to me (to the address
Send mail to kelliher AT DOMAIN goucher.edu) as an e-mail attachment. Your results are
due 6:00pm on the 12th. (Remember that the campus phone system will be
down for about three days commencing at 6:00pm on the 12th.)
Thomas P. Kelliher
Fri Mar 5 10:11:36 EST 1999