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Solve It!: Challenging Students through Puzzles. Stephanie Hartman Mark SzarkoMIT Libraries Mat Willmott ACRL 2009. Going back a bit. (photo credit Pierre J.- CC). Creative spirit & MIT “Hacks”. From the Hackers Gallery: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Solve It!:Challenging Students through Puzzles

Stephanie Hartman

Mark Szarko MIT Libraries

Mat Willmott

ACRL 2009

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Going back a bit...

(photo credit Pierre J.- CC)

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Creative spirit & MIT “Hacks”

From the Hackers Gallery:The word “hack” at MIT usually refers to a clever, benign, and “ethical” prank or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community (and sometimes even the rest of the world!).”

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Fire truck on Dome - 2006

(photo credit Erik Nygren)

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Wright Brothers’ Flyer – 2003

(photo credit Erik Nygren)

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Putting it all together…

(photo credit Miss Blackbutterfly – CC)

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Which brings us to the puzzles…

(photo credit Eric Schmiedl)

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Puzzle construction…

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Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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Where can I find information on agricultural economics? (8)Where can I find a list of definitions of the various methods of incorporation? (10) Where can I find yield curve analysis information? (9) How can I find a directory of high tech companies? (8)Where can I find information on obsolete securities? (10)Where can I find information about financial models? (7) How can I find what people are searching on the internet? (9) How can I access statistical information for the EU? (8) Where can I find changes in companies’ management? (7) Where can I find international statistical agencies on the Web? (8) How can I find information on nonprofit organizations? (9) Where can I find housing data from the U.S. government? (7) Where can I find transcripts of conference calls? (9)Where can I find information on social networking? (_____ Research) (7) Where can I find information on worldwide wages and fringe benefits? (_____ Internet) (8) How do I find SEC filings? (10) Where can I find all common stocks listed on an exchange? (_____ Online) (8) Where can I find national accounts variables expressed in a common set of prices in a common currency? (_____ Tables) (9)How do I find information on the sports industry? (_____ Research Online) (8)Where can I find data on world supply and consumption of oil? (10) How do I find betas for companies or industries? (_____ Investment Survey) (9)How do I find career information about management consulting? (_____ Career Library) (7)

Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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Where can I find information on agricultural economics? (8)Where can I find a list of definitions of the various methods of incorporation? (10) Where can I find yield curve analysis information? (9) How can I find a directory of high tech companies? (8)Where can I find information on obsolete securities? (10)Where can I find information about financial models? (7) How can I find what people are searching on the internet? (9) How can I access statistical information for the EU? (8) Where can I find changes in companies’ management? (7) Where can I find international statistical agencies on the Web? (8) How can I find information on nonprofit organizations? (9) Where can I find housing data from the U.S. government? (7) Where can I find transcripts of conference calls? (9)Where can I find information on social networking? (_____ Research) (7) Where can I find information on worldwide wages and fringe benefits? (_____ Internet) (8) How do I find SEC filings? (10) Where can I find all common stocks listed on an exchange? (_____ Online) (8) Where can I find national accounts variables expressed in a common set of prices in a common currency? (_____ Tables) (9)How do I find information on the sports industry? (_____ Research Online) (8)Where can I find data on world supply and consumption of oil? (10) How do I find betas for companies or industries? (_____ Investment Survey) (9)How do I find career information about management consulting? (_____ Career Library) (7)

•Step 1: Recognize that there are bold letters in the questions which spell “Dewey Research Advisor.”

Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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•Step 1: Recognize that there are bold letters in the questions which spell “Dewey Research Advisor.”

Where can I find information on agricultural economics? (8)Where can I find a list of definitions of the various methods of incorporation? (10) Where can I find yield curve analysis information? (9) How can I find a directory of high tech companies? (8)Where can I find information on obsolete securities? (10)Where can I find information about financial models? (7) How can I find what people are searching on the internet? (9) How can I access statistical information for the EU? (8) Where can I find changes in companies’ management? (7) Where can I find international statistical agencies on the Web? (8) How can I find information on nonprofit organizations? (9) Where can I find housing data from the U.S. government? (7) Where can I find transcripts of conference calls? (9)Where can I find information on social networking? (_____ Research) (7) Where can I find information on worldwide wages and fringe benefits? (_____ Internet) (8) How do I find SEC filings? (10) Where can I find all common stocks listed on an exchange? (_____ Online) (8) Where can I find national accounts variables expressed in a common set of prices in a common currency? (_____ Tables) (9)How do I find information on the sports industry? (_____ Research Online) (8)Where can I find data on world supply and consumption of oil? (10) How do I find betas for companies or industries? (_____ Investment Survey) (9)How do I find career information about management consulting? (_____ Career Library) (7)

Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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Where can I find information on agricultural economics? (8) AGRICOLAWhere can I find a list of definitions of the various methods of incorporation? (10) BIZFILINGSWhere can I find yield curve analysis information? (9) BLOOMBERGHow can I find a directory of high tech companies? (8) CORPTECHWhere can I find information on obsolete securities? (10) DATASTREAMWhere can I find information about financial models? (7) ECONLITHow can I find what people are searching on the internet? (9) EMARKETERHow can I access statistical information for the EU? (8) EUROSTATWhere can I find changes in companies’ management? (7) FACTIVAWhere can I find international statistical agencies on the Web? (8) FEDSTATSHow can I find information on nonprofit organizations? (9) GUIDESTARWhere can I find housing data from the U.S. government? (7) HUD USERWhere can I find transcripts of conference calls? (9) INVESTEXTWhere can I find information on social networking? (_____ Research) (7) JUPITERWhere can I find information on worldwide wages and fringe benefits? (_____ Internet) (8) LABORSTAHow do I find SEC filings? (10) LEXISNEXISWhere can I find all common stocks listed on an exchange? (_____ Online) (8) MERIDIANWhere can I find national accounts variables expressed in a common set of prices in a common currency? (_____ Tables) (9) PENN WORLDHow do I find information on the sports industry? (_____ Research Online) (8) PLUNKETTWhere can I find data on world supply and consumption of oil? (10) SOURCEOECDHow do I find betas for companies or industries? (_____ Investment Survey) (9) VALUELINEHow do I find career information about management consulting? (_____ Career Library) (7) WETFEET

•Step 1: Recognize that there are bold letters in the questions which spell “Dewey Research Advisor.”

•Step 2: Go to the Dewey Research Advisor and find the answers to the questions

Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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•Step 1: Recognize that there are bold letters in the questions which spell “Dewey Research Advisor.”

•Step 2: Go to the Dewey Research Advisor and find the answers to the questions

•Step 3: Fit the answers into the grid, where elongated boxes contain the same letter.

Where can I find information on agricultural economics? (8) AGRICOLAWhere can I find a list of definitions of the various methods of incorporation? (10) BIZFILINGSWhere can I find yield curve analysis information? (9) BLOOMBERGHow can I find a directory of high tech companies? (8) CORPTECHWhere can I find information on obsolete securities? (10) DATASTREAMWhere can I find information about financial models? (7) ECONLITHow can I find what people are searching on the internet? (9) EMARKETERHow can I access statistical information for the EU? (8) EUROSTATWhere can I find changes in companies’ management? (7) FACTIVAWhere can I find international statistical agencies on the Web? (8) FEDSTATSHow can I find information on nonprofit organizations? (9) GUIDESTARWhere can I find housing data from the U.S. government? (7) HUD USERWhere can I find transcripts of conference calls? (9) INVESTEXTWhere can I find information on social networking? (_____ Research) (7) JUPITERWhere can I find information on worldwide wages and fringe benefits? (_____ Internet) (8) LABORSTAHow do I find SEC filings? (10) LEXISNEXISWhere can I find all common stocks listed on an exchange? (_____ Online) (8) MERIDIANWhere can I find national accounts variables expressed in a common set of prices in a common currency? (_____ Tables) (9) PENN WORLDHow do I find information on the sports industry? (_____ Research Online) (8) PLUNKETTWhere can I find data on world supply and consumption of oil? (10) SOURCEOECDHow do I find betas for companies or industries? (_____ Investment Survey) (9) VALUELINEHow do I find career information about management consulting? (_____ Career Library) (7) WETFEET

Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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•Step 1: Recognize that there are bold letters in the questions which spell “Dewey Research Advisor.”

•Step 2: Go to the Dewey Research Advisor and find the answers to the questions

•Step 3: Fit the answers into the grid, where elongated boxes contain the same letter.

•Step 4: Read the highlighted squares down to get the answer, “Milton Friedman”

Where can I find information on agricultural economics? (8) AGRICOLAWhere can I find a list of definitions of the various methods of incorporation? (10) BIZFILINGSWhere can I find yield curve analysis information? (9) BLOOMBERGHow can I find a directory of high tech companies? (8) CORPTECHWhere can I find information on obsolete securities? (10) DATASTREAMWhere can I find information about financial models? (7) ECONLITHow can I find what people are searching on the internet? (9) EMARKETERHow can I access statistical information for the EU? (8) EUROSTATWhere can I find changes in companies’ management? (7) FACTIVAWhere can I find international statistical agencies on the Web? (8) FEDSTATSHow can I find information on nonprofit organizations? (9) GUIDESTARWhere can I find housing data from the U.S. government? (7) HUD USERWhere can I find transcripts of conference calls? (9) INVESTEXTWhere can I find information on social networking? (_____ Research) (7) JUPITERWhere can I find information on worldwide wages and fringe benefits? (_____ Internet) (8) LABORSTAHow do I find SEC filings? (10) LEXISNEXISWhere can I find all common stocks listed on an exchange? (_____ Online) (8) MERIDIANWhere can I find national accounts variables expressed in a common set of prices in a common currency? (_____ Tables) (9) PENN WORLDHow do I find information on the sports industry? (_____ Research Online) (8) PLUNKETTWhere can I find data on world supply and consumption of oil? (10) SOURCEOECDHow do I find betas for companies or industries? (_____ Investment Survey) (9) VALUELINEHow do I find career information about management consulting? (_____ Career Library) (7) WETFEET

Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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Answer pages accessed in the DRA

Total queries to the DRA search box

Statistics/Results

Total submissions: 116 (109 correct answers)75 Undergraduates41 Graduates

Puzzle Example: Dewey Research Advisor

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Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

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Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

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QMGAI LSKPFA (NPPH://BGLKSKGOM.RGP.OCQ/LSKPFA), KOJQOMP S HCD MYSA FD PNO DFBBFUGAI SKPGYBO, UNGYN UO NSTO GA MPFKSIO:

LSPYNOBFK, L.I., YBSMMGDGYSPGFA FD HFBO RSHM GA YFRHBOV HBSAO. ZFQKASB FD YWLOKAOPGYM, 1978. 8(3-4): H. 237-251.

EOOH GA RGAC PNSP PNO BGLKSKW MPFKSIO SAAOV GM FABW FHOA DFK MYSAAGAI RFACSW PNKFQIN DKGCSW, AGAO PF DGTO.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

The code used to encrypt the first part of the puzzle should clue you in to threespecific words. Place them in the grid below.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

The code used to encrypt the first part of the puzzle was:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y ZS L Y C O D I N G Z E B R A F H J K M P Q T U V W X

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

The code used to encrypt the first part of the puzzle should clue you in to threespecific words. Place them in the grid below.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

The code used to encrypt the first part of the puzzle was:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y ZS L Y C O D I N G Z E B R A F H J K M P Q T U V W X

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

The code used to encrypt the first part of the puzzle should clue you in to threespecific words. Place them in the grid below.

Note the words spelled at the beginning of the code!

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

The code used to encrypt the first part of the puzzle was:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y ZS L Y C O D I N G Z E B R A F H J K M P Q T U V W X

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

The code used to encrypt the first part of the puzzle should clue you in to threespecific words. Place them in the grid below.

Note the words spelled at the beginning of the code!

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

For each word, change one letter and rearrange the rest of the letters to get three shades of blue, and enter them into the grid below.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

For each word, change one letter and rearrange the rest of the letters to get three shades of blue, and enter them into the grid below.

Word: Change: To: Leaving: Rearrange to get:

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

For each word, change one letter and rearrange the rest of the letters to get three shades of blue, and enter them into the grid below.

Word: Change: To: Leaving: Rearrange to get:Word: Change: To: Leaving: Rearrange to get:SLYCODINGZEBRA

Word: Change: To: Leaving: Rearrange to get:SLY LCODING CZEBRA B

Word: Change: To: Leaving: Rearrange to get:SLY L KCODING C IZEBRA B U

Word: Change: To: Leaving: Rearrange to get:SLY L K SKYCODING C I IODINGZEBRA B U ZEURA

Word: Change: To: Leaving: Rearrange to get:SLY L K SKY SKYCODING C I IODING INDIGOZEBRA B U ZEURA AZURE

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

Enter the letters into the grid below based on the numbers assigned in the grid above.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

Enter the letters into the grid below based on the numbers assigned in the grid above.

Page 41: Solve It!: Challenging Students through Puzzles

USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

In this string of text, find and cross out four shades of green. Left will be three words; enter them into the grid below.

Page 42: Solve It!: Challenging Students through Puzzles

USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

In this string of text, find and cross out four shades of green. Left will be three words; enter them into the grid below.

Page 43: Solve It!: Challenging Students through Puzzles

USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

In this string of text, find and cross out four shades of green. Left will be three words; enter them into the grid below.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

For each word, change one letter, then rearrange the letters to get three shades of red. Place them in the grid below.

Page 45: Solve It!: Challenging Students through Puzzles

USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

For each word, change one letter, then rearrange the letters to get three shades of red. Place them in the grid below.

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

For each word, change one letter, then rearrange the letters to get three shades of red. Place them in the grid below.

I N F A N T R Y

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USING BARTON (HTTP://LIBRARIES.MIT.EDU/BARTON), REQUEST A PDF SCAN OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE HAVE IN STORAGE:

BATCHELOR, B.G., CLASSIFICATION OF POLE MAPS IN COMPLEX PLANE. JOURNAL OF CYBERNETICS, 1978. 8(3-4): P. 237-251.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LIBRARY STORAGE ANNEX IS ONLY OPEN FOR SCANNING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE.

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

•Step 1: Decode it.•Step 2: Follow the instructions and request the article.•Step 3: Solve the second sheet by following the instructions given.

For each word, change one letter, then rearrange the letters to get three shades of red. Place them in the grid below.

I N F A N T R YAnd so, the answer is

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Statistics/ResultsTotal submissions: 121 (74 correct answers)

73 Undergraduates48 Graduates

Electronic Article Delivery requests by week

Puzzle Example: Article Delivery

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10/2/2008 10/9/2008 10/16/2008 10/23/2008 10/31/2008 11/7/2008 11/14/2008 11/21/2008 11/29/2008 12/6/2008

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Results and Statistics

9 puzzles released over three semesters:

•558 solutions have been received (472 were correct).

•297 students solved at least one puzzle.

•42 students solved three or more puzzles.

•3 students solved all six puzzles in AY2007-2008.

•182 students have requested to be notified via email when puzzles are released.

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What we learned, future strategies and decisions…

(photo credit Eric Schmiedl)

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Feedback from Submission Forms

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Feedback about Puzzles

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Level of Difficulty

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Did you know about Vera and the Libraries’ electronic resources before

solving the puzzles?

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Has your use of the Libraries’ electronic resources—either those used in the puzzles or others—increased as a result of working on the puzzles?

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Where are the best places to advertise on campus?

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Other Comments & Ideas

Sponsor events More elaborate puzzles,

competitions, scavenger hunts Food Bookmobile rocks! More coffee coupons! More puzzles!

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Analysis/Conclusion

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Contact info & Useful links

Mark [email protected]

Stephanie [email protected]

Mat [email protected]

Puzzle pageshttp://libraries.mit.edu/puzzle

MIT Libraries adshttp://libstaff.mit.edu/communications/tools.html

Hack galleryhttp://hacks.mit.edu