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This quiz is designed to help high school seniors evaluate their ability to find, evaluate and use information.


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  • 1. 

    The first step in the research process is:

    • A.

      To search Google for interesting websites

    • B.

      To define the task of the research project.

    • C.

      To ask the librarian for help.

    • D.

      To search the library catalog for useful books.

    • E.

      To write an outline of your research project.

    Correct Answer
    B. To define the task of the research project.
    Explanation
    The task or problem must be defined before you can search for resources or outline your project. Asking a librarian might help, though he/she will want to know what the task entails.

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  • 2. 

    Using Wikipedia 

    • A.

      Is encouraged because it is a reliable information source.

    • B.

      Is never allowed in academic research.

    • C.

      Is allowed in academic research because it can be accurately cited.

    • D.

      Is allowed to gather background information.

    • E.

      Demonstrates the use of excellent information skills.

    Correct Answer
    D. Is allowed to gather background information.
    Explanation
    Wikipedia is not a good choice for academic research; however, it may be a good choice for jumping into a topic and may lead to ideas and other more appropriate resources.

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  • 3. 

    A Boolean operator

    • A.

      Is a dark green Star Wars alien.

    • B.

      Is an Apple computer operating system.

    • C.

      Allows users to filter unreliable websites.

    • D.

      Refines database searching.

    • E.

      Is a symbol used in html code.

    Correct Answer
    D. Refines database searching.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "refines database searching." This is because a Boolean operator is a term used in database searching to refine and narrow down search results. It allows users to combine keywords and specify relationships between them, such as using "AND," "OR," and "NOT" to include, exclude, or combine search terms. By using Boolean operators, users can effectively refine their search queries and retrieve more relevant and specific information from a database.

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  • 4. 

    To evaluate website accuracy and reliability, which of the following are most important?

    • A.

      Authority, purpose, interface, URL

    • B.

      Interface, date, references, URL

    • C.

      Authority, purpose, date, references

    • D.

      Date, references, purpose, URL

    • E.

      References, URL, authority, purpose

    Correct Answer
    C. Authority, purpose, date, references
    Explanation
    To evaluate the accuracy and reliability of a website, it is important to consider the authority of the source, as it indicates the expertise and credibility of the author or organization behind the information. The purpose of the website is also crucial, as it helps determine if there are any biases or commercial interests that may affect the objectivity of the content. The date of the information is important to ensure that it is current and up-to-date. References are essential to verify the information and check if it is supported by credible sources. Therefore, the combination of authority, purpose, date, and references is crucial in evaluating website accuracy and reliability.

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  • 5. 

    A primary source is

    • A.

      The first reference book written on a subject.

    • B.

      The most important work written on a subject.

    • C.

      A work written by a direct descendant.

    • D.

      The only acceptable research source.

    • E.

      Written by someone who experienced the subject.

    Correct Answer
    E. Written by someone who experienced the subject.
    Explanation
    A primary source refers to a document or artifact that was created by someone who directly experienced the subject matter. It provides firsthand information and insights into a particular event, time period, or topic. This could include diaries, letters, photographs, interviews, or eyewitness accounts. Primary sources are valuable for researchers as they offer a direct perspective and can provide unique details and perspectives that may not be found in secondary sources.

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  • 6. 

    Scholarly journal articles are written

    • A.

      By Mr. Souza's AP English students.

    • B.

      For a general audience.

    • C.

      By lower division college students.

    • D.

      By experts in a subject.

    • E.

      By free lance reporters

    Correct Answer
    D. By experts in a subject.
    Explanation
    Scholarly journal articles are written by experts in a subject because they require a deep understanding and expertise in a specific field. These articles go through a rigorous peer-review process, where experts in the field review and evaluate the content for accuracy, relevance, and quality. This ensures that the information presented in scholarly journal articles is reliable and trustworthy. The other options, such as Mr. Souza's AP English students, lower division college students, and free lance reporters, do not possess the same level of expertise and knowledge required to write scholarly journal articles.

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  • 7. 

    What are most likely the best resources for a research report on the impact of the Internet on television viewing? Choose two.

    • A.

      Periodical database

    • B.

      World Book Encyclopedia

    • C.

      Website found using a Google search

    • D.

      Wikipedia

    • E.

      Reference book on the history of American pop culture

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Periodical database
    E. Reference book on the history of American pop culture
    Explanation
    The best resources for a research report on the impact of the Internet on television viewing would be a periodical database and a reference book on the history of American pop culture. A periodical database would provide access to scholarly articles and research studies that specifically focus on the topic, allowing for a comprehensive and in-depth analysis. Additionally, a reference book on the history of American pop culture would provide a broader context and background information on the subject, helping to understand the historical development and evolution of television viewing in relation to the Internet.

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  • 8. 

    What are most likely the best resources for a research report on how the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne reflected the Puritan background of his ancestors? Choose two. 

    • A.

      Wikipedia

    • B.

      World Book Encyclopedia

    • C.

      Website found using a Google search

    • D.

      Online literary database

    • E.

      Reference book on the history of the Puritans

    Correct Answer(s)
    D. Online literary database
    E. Reference book on the history of the Puritans
    Explanation
    An online literary database would be a good resource for a research report on how the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne reflected the Puritan background of his ancestors because it would provide a comprehensive collection of literary works by Hawthorne and other related materials. A reference book on the history of the Puritans would also be a valuable resource as it would provide in-depth information on the beliefs, practices, and historical context of the Puritans, which would help in understanding Hawthorne's writings in relation to his ancestors' background.

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  • 9. 

    In order to correctly cite a free website, which of the following are needed? Choose three. 

    • A.

      Title

    • B.

      Author

    • C.

      Search engine used

    • D.

      Date updated

    • E.

      IP address

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Title
    B. Author
    D. Date updated
    Explanation
    To correctly cite a free website, three pieces of information are needed: the title of the website, the author of the content, and the date the website was last updated. The title helps identify the specific webpage or article being cited, while the author provides credibility and accountability for the information. The date of the last update ensures the citation is current and reliable. The other options, such as the search engine used or the IP address, are not necessary for citing a website.

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  • 10. 

    Following MLA format, which of the following are correct ways to cite information within the text of an essay or research paper? Choose two. 

    • A.

      Including the cited author's name within a sentence example: "According to Mike Souza ..."

    • B.

      Placing a list of cited authors at the beginning on an essay.

    • C.

      Placing the cited author's name and page of text in parentheses after information cited. example: (Carter, 245)

    • D.

      Placing the cited author's name and page of text in parentheses before the cited information.

    • E.

      The author does not need to be cited in the text if there is a citation on the works cited page

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Including the cited author's name within a sentence example: "According to Mike Souza ..."
    C. Placing the cited author's name and page of text in parentheses after information cited. example: (Carter, 245)
    Explanation
    The correct ways to cite information within the text of an essay or research paper are by including the cited author's name within a sentence and by placing the cited author's name and page of text in parentheses after the information cited. Including the author's name within a sentence helps to attribute the information to the correct source, while placing the author's name and page of text in parentheses after the information cited provides a clear reference for readers to locate the source. Both methods are commonly used in MLA format to give credit to the original authors and avoid plagiarism.

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  • 11. 

    What does a tilde (~) in a URL indicate?

    • A.

      The information on the page is reliable.

    • B.

      The webpage is government-endorsed.

    • C.

      The page is a personal webpage.

    • D.

      The webpage is under construction.

    • E.

      The webpage contains adult content.

    Correct Answer
    C. The page is a personal webpage.
    Explanation
    A tilde (~) in a URL typically indicates that the webpage is a personal webpage. This is often used to represent a user's home directory or a personal section of a website. It is commonly seen in URLs for personal blogs, portfolios, or personal websites where individuals share their own content or information.

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  • 12. 

    How are "wild cards" used?

    • A.

      To replace one or more letters in a search term.

    • B.

      To include synonyms for a search term.

    • C.

      To eliminate synonyms for a search term.

    • D.

      To narrow a search term.

    • E.

      As a placeholder in an online template.

    Correct Answer
    A. To replace one or more letters in a search term.
    Explanation
    Wild cards are used to replace one or more letters in a search term. This allows for more flexibility in searching, as the wild card can represent any letter or combination of letters. For example, if the search term is "c?t," the wild card can be used to find results for "cat," "cut," "cot," and so on. This is particularly useful when the exact spelling or variation of a word is unknown or when searching for words with similar patterns.

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