Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Publisher Detective

Just released: Publisher Detective

Try it for free for a limited time. Nine exercises to help searchers track down and evaluate publishers of online information. Helps in the hunt for credible news.

This replaces the flash version archived on our site.

Friday, December 7, 2018

New Tutorial: Date Detective

In an effort to replace old Flash tutorials, we've undertaken the redesign of several interactive MicroModule tutorials. The first one is the DATE tutorial--how to track down publication dates of digital sources.

There are 10 activities in this set that start with determining the best date to cite to locating hard-to-find publication dates using queries, browsing and metadata.  30 points are possible. A score that demonstrates investigative competency is a 25 or higher.

Give it a try! How strong are your investigative skills?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Needle and Haystack

For a limited time, try out a new feature: Needle and Haystack.

These four search challenges are based on several challenges recently posted in this blog. The format includes clues that lead the way to the solutions.

Try them out and leave any feedback you want.

The subscription version will track user's scores and include additional challenges.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Haunted Search Challenge

At this time of year, scary attractions abound: yard displays, haunted houses, horror film festivals. It's also possible to find creepy hiking trails open year-round.

Where can you find this year-round haunted trail?

Use these clues to locate the name of the park, all associated with this allegedly haunted location.

Think of keywords associated with Halloween

Once you locate a likely place, verify you found the right one
by reading its history of mysteries that go back well over a century.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Squirrelly Challenge

Here's how Merriam Webster's online dictionary uses Squirrelly in a sentence:

It was the end of the school year, when all the kids get a little squirrelly

It's easy to find what the word means. But what causes squirrels to behave this way?

Help us build this search challenge. Send the URL of an authoritative article or document that provides a clue to

Monday, October 8, 2018

Acorn Challenge

Try this search challenge.

Inside an acorn's tough leathery shell is a thin coating layer that sticks to the nut meat. What is that coating called?

Submit your solution and how you found it here:

Friday, October 5, 2018

Harvard Citation Wizard Updated

The last of our Citation Wizards is now updated to our new look and feel. Harvard Style may be used more outside the US, but a large number of visitors are from overseas (Australia is second only to our US traffic).

Three formats are available:

  • Webpage (Website)
  • Online Journal
  • Online Book
If you would like other Harvard style formats, let us know.

In all, we offer up-to-date bibliographic citation for these styles:
  • MLA
  • APA
  • CSE
  • Chicago
  • Harvard
Avoid Plagiarism. Cite the information you use.