Information Literacy Pre-test

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Information Literacy Quizzes & Trivia
Pre-test to assess information literacy skills prior to taking Modules 1-6.

  
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  • 1. 
    I need to locate a book that my Instructor said was in the Giorgetti Library.  What should I use?
    • A. 

      An online database

    • B. 

      Giorgetti Library online catalog

    • C. 

      Vermont Department of Libraries Catalog

    • D. 

      Google


  • 2. 
    When searching in a research database, the use of Boolean operators "And", "Or" and "Not" can be useful in narrowing or widening your search results.  To increase the number of items I will retrieve, what word would I use?
    • A. 

      Not

    • B. 

      And

    • C. 

      Or

    • D. 

      All of them


  • 3. 
    The following call numbers are in correct order: BL        B             B            BX           B          BV 117       80           80.5        80.5          81        1210 .J7    -   .G56  -   . L97   -     .L67   -    .G6   -    .Y89 2004                    1998                      1967      1976
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    • C. 

      I don't know


  • 4. 
    I read a article on "Reserve" for my Education 207 class.  In the article it has a footnote: Johnson, W. (1999). What have we learned about treating autism?  Psychological Reports, 112, 54-89. This citation is for?
    • A. 

      A book

    • B. 

      A journal

    • C. 

      A journal article

    • D. 

      A web cite


  • 5. 
    Google is?
    • A. 

      An online catalog

    • B. 

      A book

    • C. 

      A research database

    • D. 

      An internet search engine


  • 6. 
    If you need a book or an article that is not available in the Girogetti Library, you can?
    • A. 

      Buy them at the library circulation desk

    • B. 

      Request that item through interlibrary loan (ILL)

    • C. 

      Don't bother, forget about it

    • D. 

      Request it directly from the auther


  • 7. 
    Failure to give credit to the sources you used in writting your reearch paper is?
    • A. 

      Abstracting

    • B. 

      Plagiarism

    • C. 

      Partial citation

    • D. 

      Copyright


  • 8. 
    An abstract is?
    • A. 

      A type of reference source

    • B. 

      A book quotation

    • C. 

      Full text article

    • D. 

      A summary of a resource


  • 9. 
    A primary source is?
    • A. 

      The first jbook or journal article that is written on a topic

    • B. 

      An original document such as a diary, letter, etc.

    • C. 

      A collection of critical essays

    • D. 

      An article or book that extensively analyzes a topic


  • 10. 
    Library classification systems arrange books on the library shelves?
    • A. 

      By subject

    • B. 

      By title

    • C. 

      By author

    • D. 

      By publicaiton date


  • 11. 
    When beginning research, what is the best resource to use in order to familiarize yourself with a topic that is new to you?
    • A. 

      A journal article

    • B. 

      A 450 page book

    • C. 

      An encyclopedia

    • D. 

      An online catalog


  • 12. 
    To find research that has been published by scholars in that field, the best place to look would be?
    • A. 

      In popular magazine

    • B. 

      In books and scholarly journals

    • C. 

      On the internet

    • D. 

      In newspapers


  • 13. 
    What is the best way to search for books on a given topic?
    • A. 

      Keyword or subject

    • B. 

      Author or title

    • C. 

      ISBN ir ISSN number

    • D. 

      Publisher


  • 14. 
    What is the difference between a keyword search and subject (controlled vocabulary) search on a research database?
    • A. 

      No one is sure what the difference is

    • B. 

      They usually produce the same number of results

    • C. 

      Subject searches produce more and better results

    • D. 

      Keyword searches produce more and better results


  • 15. 
    When critically evaluating information sources you should consider all but?
    • A. 

      The credentials of the author

    • B. 

      The length of the information source

    • C. 

      The accuracy of the infornation

    • D. 

      The timeliness of the information


  • 16. 
    Doing an "Advanced Search" in our online catalog or research databases, allows you to?
    • A. 

      Combine terms which may produce better, more specific results.

    • B. 

      Search for books or journal article by author/title

    • C. 

      Search for book or journal article using boolean operators

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 17. 
    Before you begin any research on your topic, it is important that you?
    • A. 

      Develop a research question

    • B. 

      Develop a research topic

    • C. 

      Develop a good rapport with your instructor

    • D. 

      Develop a good rapport with your librarian


  • 18. 
    Are HTMLor PDF articles retrieved through a database cited differently than print articles?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No


  • 19. 
    Which best describes the characteristics of a magazine?
    • A. 

      Written for the general public

    • B. 

      Covers current events and recent news

    • C. 

      Articles feature a lot of photographs and advertisements

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 20. 
    How can you get better results when searching the web?
    • A. 

      Use nouns and unique words

    • B. 

      Use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer

    • C. 

      Pay Google to do a search for you

    • D. 

      Ask your instructor for assistance


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