Someone once noted that using the Internet is like trying to drink from a firehose. There is so much information that it is easy to "get lost" while "surfing". To aid in the process, there are a number of "search engines" which you can use to try and locate specific information. I have found that the best way to learn about these engines is to try them out!
One of my favorites is HotBot which started out as Inktomi - a mythical spider from the culture of Native Americans in the southwestern part of the U.S.
Go to the HotBot site. Every college or university that I know of has a nickname. You are going to search for all of the other colleges or universities that has the same nickname. A judicious choice of Key Word(s) can make your search more effective. A good initial selection for this task would be college nicknames. Enter this choice in the Search the Web space.
Notice that you have several options. You can search for:
Begin by searching for all of the words (the order of the words is not taken into account with this option). In September 1999 a total of 6,748 Internet documents were located. If you took 10 seconds to look at each document to see if it was what you wanted, it would take you nearly 19 hours to examine the set. If you select the any of the words option, you would have been faced with more than 2,620,000 documents which would require spending more than 300 days to look at all of them. By selecting the exact phrase the number of documents was reduced to 282 and the third one in the list was School Mascots & Nicknames. If you review the document you can find out how many other schools you share a nickname with. How many schools have the nickname eutectic?
Most search engines arrange the found items so that those at the top of the list provide the best fit for the key words you entered. As you try out different engines, remember to spend some time figuring out the options that are available.
An Internet Scavenger Hunt will give you the chance to experiment with locating Internet resources. It is easy to get lost but remember that you can use the GO menu on your browser to return to a document previously examined or its Back arrow to return to the previous link.
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