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Test Your Database Skills - Quiz

Test your knowledge of searching the databases


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    If you wanted to find research about either Australia or New Zealand which of the following search queries would be best?

    • A.

      Australia AND New Zealand

    • B.

      Australia OR New Zealand

    • C.

      Australia NOT New Zealand

    Correct Answer
    B. Australia OR New Zealand
    Explanation
    Using OR between search terms ensures at least one of the terms is present in your search results

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  • 2. 

    If you wanted to find out about university students chocolate consumption which of the following search queries would be best?

    • A.

      Chocolate AND students

    • B.

      Chocolate OR students

    • C.

      Chocolate NOT students

    Correct Answer
    A. Chocolate AND students
    Explanation
    Using AND between your terms will find the intersection between them and ensure that both terms are prsent in each individual search result

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  • 3. 

    If you wanted to find results about dogs but not dachshunds which of the following search queries would be best? 

    • A.

      Dogs AND dachshunds

    • B.

      Dogs NOT dachshunds

    • C.

      Dogs OR dachshunds

    Correct Answer
    B. Dogs NOT dachshunds
    Explanation
    Use NOT whe you wish to exclude terms from your search results. This can be a good way to cut down the number of results.

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  • 4. 

    If you type child* into a search query box, what words are most likely to be present in your search results?

    • A.

      Just the word child

    • B.

      Chile, chilli,

    • C.

      Child, children children's, childless

    Correct Answer
    C. Child, children children's, childless
    Explanation
    Using a truncation symbol (*, $, ?) will find all words beginning with the word stem you have specified but which have variant endings

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following would reduce the number of results retrieved in a database search? (May be more than one answer)

    • A.

      Add in another term and combine with OR

    • B.

      Add in another term and combine with AND

    • C.

      Restrict your search to the titles of books, chapters or articles only

    • D.

      Search using subject headings

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Add in another term and combine with AND
    C. Restrict your search to the titles of books, chapters or articles only
    D. Search using subject headings
    Explanation
    Adding another term and combining it with AND would reduce the number of results retrieved because it narrows down the search by requiring that both terms be present in the results. Restricting the search to the titles of books, chapters, or articles only would also reduce the number of results as it excludes other parts of the database. Searching using subject headings would further narrow down the results by focusing on specific topics or categories.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following would extend your search to include more results? (May be more than one answer)

    • A.

      Try another database

    • B.

      Add in synonyms for your search terms and combine with OR

    • C.

      Add in additional terms and combine with AND

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Try another database
    B. Add in synonyms for your search terms and combine with OR
    Explanation
    Adding synonyms for search terms and combining them with OR would extend the search to include more results because it expands the range of possible keywords that can be used to retrieve relevant information. Trying another database would also increase the chances of finding additional results, as different databases may have different content and sources.

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