3 Ideas
Sketch Model Review
Mockup Model Review
Assembly Review
Tech Review
Final Presentation

Information Treasure Hunt

instructions, results, questions and answers

The information treasure hunt is a short, but important, secondary research and team-building activity early in the course schedule. You will work with your section mates for the first time, finding information similar to what will be needed to research your new product ideas (in preparation for the 3-ideas presentation). It should help you get started in finding information relevant to the project theme.

The learning goal is to familiarize yourself with different information resources and search techniques. It will help you to develop your secondary research skills and it will give you practice organizing your team quickly... in particular task delegation and coordination.

The treasure hunt is time constrained. This will help your team learn how to mobilize quickly when problems arise, and to delegate strategically considering both the skills needed for the task and different schedule constraints faced by team members.

Like most treasure hunts, prizes will be awarded.

Jump to submission details in the when is this due? and submission section.
Jump to the who can I ask for help section.
Jump to the citation style help and suggestions.

Problem Statement:
The questions you have been asked to answer were provided to your section during lecture on Wednesday, September 11.

To choose and develop an interesting, useful, and marketable product, you need to be able to find good information quickly. Getting information on "ignite" theme-assocaited products or devices, the communities represented, and available technologies will inform your project selection and give you ideas for new innovations. Market information will be essential in choosing a project and for building your business plan later in the semester.

A lot of information (including most scholarly research) is in the “hidden web” – not available via Google, so you need to learn where to find that information. By finding the answers in this assignment, you will explore different types of information resources and be ready to find information as the need arises throughout the semester.

Where will we find the answers?
The Libraries’ 2.009 course page will tell you where to easily find this information. This page is also under the resources menu on the 2.009 website. Surfing the web will take much longer for many of these questions and may provide less reliable results. Teams using recommended library resources will rank higher than those who use other resources.

What is required of answers?
Your answers must come from reliable, trusted sources and you must cite them so that you (or others) can go back and find the information again easily. Each answer on this assignment must include a good citation to your source... otherwise it will be dismissed as unreliable information.

See the citation tips on this page for hints on how to cite properly.

When is this due?
Thursday (Sept. 12) at 12 noon.

One representative of your lab section should compile the answers into a single document using Microsoft Word or a pdf file. Include both the questions and answers in your document, and email the answers to Nicholas (nalbaugh at mit.edu or 2009library) by 12 noon on Thursday. Only one email should be sent from each lab section. Don't forget to include your team section name in the document, and in the file name!

Who can I ask for help?
Librarians will be available until 5pm, Wednesday September 11 at the libraries—most libraries are open later, but you may only be able to get limited help. Feel free to also contact Nickolas and Elizabeth directly. They will be in the Barker Library all afternoon.

Nick Albaugh - nalbaugh or 2009library, Dewey Library (E53-168b)
Elizabeth Soergel: esoergel or 2009library, Hadyen Library (14S-144M)

See other options for obtaining help (phone, email, etc.) on the “Ask us!” page.

Citation help and suggestions

Below are suggested citation formats for various types of information sources (ASME). Please use this citation style.

For more help and examples see the 2009 library page.


A citation to a website should provide:

  • Author's name (if available)
  • Title of document
  • URL
  • Date of access, in parentheses

Omega Engineering, Inc., Positioning Strain Gages to Monitor Bending, Axial, Shear, and Torsional Loads, http://www.omega.com/faq/pressure/pdf/positioning.pdf (Accessed 8/18/2010)

note: If URL is exceptionally long, provide the base URL and provide the browse/search path used.

Journal or newspaper articles

A citation to an article should include:

  • last name of each author followed by their initials
  • year of publication
  • full title of the cited article in quotes, title capitalization
  • full name of the publication in which it appears
  • volume number (if any) in boldface (Do not include the abbreviation, "Vol.")
  • issue number (if any) in parentheses (Do not include the abbreviation, “No.”)
  • inclusive page numbers of the cited article (include “pp.”)
  • Name of bibliographic database the article was found in (normally this is not required in a citation, but it is for your Treasure Hunt assignment).

Ning, X., and Lovell, M. R., 2002, “On the Sliding Friction Characteristics of Unidirectional Continuous FRP Composites,” ASME J. Tribol., 124(1), pp. 5-13. Found in Compendex.

Press releases and newswire reports

A citation to a press release or newswire should include:

  • Author(s) of press release
  • Title of press release
  • Title of news service
  • Date of release
  • Name of bibliographic database the article was found in (normally this is not required in a citation, but it is for your Treasure Hunt challenge).

Fonte, Diwata. "Diamond Walnut Growers to Go Public Friday as Diamond Foods, Inc." Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News, (2 July 2005). Found in LexisNexis.

Books and book chapters

A citation to a book should include:

  • last name of each author followed by their initials
  • year of publication
  • full title of the publication in italics
  • publisher
  • city of publication

Ulrich, K.T. and Eppinger, S.D., 2000, Product design and development, Irwin/McGraw-Hill, Boston MA.

A citation to a book chapter should include:

  • last name of each author followed by their initials
  • year of publication
  • full title of the publication in italics
  • publisher
  • city of publication
  • inclusive page numbers of the work being cited (include “pp.”)
  • chapter number (if any) at the end of the citation following the abbreviation, “Chap.”

Jones, J., 2000, Contact Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, Chap. 6.


A citation to a patent should include:

  • inventor(s) name
  • year
  • patent name/title in quotes
  • country where patent is registered
  • patent number


Colledge, A. L., and Johnson, H. I., 1989, “Portable Multi-Purpose Exercise Device,” U.S. Patent No. 4,856,775.


A citation to a standard should include:

  • Standard organization and number
  • Title
  • Year

ASTM Standard F86-13. Standard practice for surface preparation and marking of metallic surgical implants. 2013.