Project 3 – Internet Research: Cyber Ethics
Graded Skills
•	Spelling, grammar checking and proofreading
•	Evaluating web sites for use in academic research
•	Creating good academic (library) database search queries
•	Writing annotations based on evaluation criteria
•	Correctly identifying search engines, directories, meta-search engines and databases
•	Formatting an annotation
•	Formatting citations of electronic sources in APA style

All NSU undergraduate courses require 25% writing 
across curriculum. Project 3 fulfills this requirement.

Case Study
Carcroft Elementary School expects all its teachers to guide their students into using the best methods for searching on the internet for the highest quality information. Teachers want to show the difference between search engines, directories, meta-search engines, and databases on the “deep web,” and also want to teach how to evaluate the quality of search results.
As a Carcroft teacher, you have assigned your class of 5th grade students to write research papers on cyber ethics and have already shown them these web sites:
•	The World of Search Engines,
•	Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals,
•	Internet for Education: Which internet source is appropriate for academic work?
•	Son of Citation Machine, and
for correctly formatting APA citations
As their assignment, you have asked your Carcroft students to write an annotation  for each source they find, and to include an APA citation  for each source. Their grades will be based on the quality of their sources as well as the quality of the word processed annotations and citation formatting. 
Carcroft students have never written annotations/citations before your class, so as a sample or a guide that can be printed and handed out to your students, you decide to write an example showing four different sources (two are from library databases and two from the general world wide web), each with its own annotation and citation. 
The first page of your guide will contain a table with four columns. Each column will list at least five examples each of search engines, directories, meta-search engines, and databases. The second page of your guide will have an annotation and citation for the first of your four different sources.
1.	Using the internet, locate 5 examples of each of the following: search engines, directories, meta-search engines, and databases.
2.	In a new Word 2010 file, create a table with four columns, one column for each type of search tool. For each search tool (column), type a list of five examples and their URLs. These are your recommended search tools for your Carcroft students. Make sure you are typing the names into the appropriate column. Do NOT include Google.
3.	Using any appropriate NSU library databases, locate two academic quality, scholarly research reports about any topic related to cyber ethics (reports can be about different cyber ethics topics).
4.	Using any appropriate non-library internet searches (use one or more of the search engines from your table), locate two more reports related to cyber ethics on the general World Wide Web (reports can be about different cyber ethics topics).
5.	Starting on page 2, type a citation and annotation for one of the reports. 
6.	Starting at the top of a new page, type the next citation and annotation for the next report. Continue at the top of new pages for the remainder of the reports. When finished you should have a total of 4 reports, each report typed on a separate page in the same file whereas the table from step 2 above will be on page 1.
7.	Each annotation must include a critical evaluation of the cyber ethics report you found using the Five Criteria from or a similar evaluation form.
8.	At the bottom or in the last sentence of your annotation, indicate which library database or search engine you used AND how you typed your successful query (the exact query you used to find the report you are annotating). Example: I used Altavista with the query, “college plagiarism.” Make sure you include quotation marks or any special characters such as +’s or -‘s if you used them in your query.
9.	Add a header to your file that contains your full name right-aligned, and the course CRN#.
10.	Add a footer to your file that contains a center-aligned automatic page number.
11.	Save the project using the following protocol (do NOT type the .docx as part of the filename):
proj3-yourlastname.docx	Example: proj3-Barreto.docx
12.	Upload/submit your file into Blackboard’s UPLOAD ASSIGNMENT.
Your finished project should look similar to this: