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STM Online: Crossroads WebSearches


What is a WebSearch?

A WebSearch is a resource designed to assist the seeker in reflection on a question. In it, the seeker is guided to certain web sites and pointed to specific content to support their reflection process. These STM Online: Crossroads WebSearches can each be completed in an hour or less.  This WebSearch may be used by itself or as a segment of a larger learning experience.

Each WebSearch is also designed to help the user learn how to evaluate a resource found on the Internet. A variety of criteria for evaluation of a web site are introduced in different WebSearches. The Boston College libraries offer an overview of evaluation of a web site.

STM Online: Crossroads WebSearches are based on the model of WebQuest, first designed at San Diego State University. WebQuests are now used in classroom-based experiences from elementary through senior high school in numerous subject areas. STM Online: Crossroads' WebSearches adopt a similar model for adult and senior high on-going faith formation.

How do I complete a WebSearch?

  • Open one of the WebSearches below by clicking on the RED title.  Then open and download the document (a PDF).  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free.
  • Make a copy for yourself, either by printing the file or saving to your desktop.
  • Keep the file open on your computer in order to use the hyperlinks.
  • Write your reflections on your copy or in a journal.



WebSearch: A Portrait of Mary, Part 1: Miriam of Nazareth

Questions to Explore:
        How do we understand the historical Mary?
        How does this understanding impact our faith?

Evaluation Criteria: authority (author, sponsorship) and currency


WebSearch: A Portrait of Mary, Part 2: Model of Faith

Question to Explore:
        How does Mary model faith?

Evaluation Criteria: authority (publisher, imprimatur)


Who uses WebSearches?

These resources are designed for any adult interested in the questions posed. They have been successfully used by senior high school students.

For what purposes do people use WebSearches?

These learning experiences can be stand-alone activities or they can be used to prepare for conversations. The conversations could be face-to-face, in conference calls, or on moderated discussion boards. They might be used for adult religious education, preparation for a certain ministry, or for personal interest. Senior high teachers may wish to use them as an assignment for part of the curriculum.

Give us your feedback.

Let us know how you used the WebSearches (individual study, preparation for a conversation, etc.) and any feedback you would like to offer. Email using "WebSearch" for the subject line.