Information Literacy Diagnostic Test

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Information Literacy Diagnostic Test

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When working on a research assignment, what is an effective and efficient plan of action to take? Arrange the steps below from start to end for an effective and efficient plan.
    1. Select information resources
    2. Cite sources
    3. Organise information
    4. Conduct effective searches
    5. Evaluate information
    6. Define topic
    7. Review (and repeat)
    • A. 

      F, A, C, B, D, G, E

    • B. 

      F, A, D, G, E, C, B

    • C. 

      A, B, C, D, E, F, G

    • D. 

      A, F, D, G, E, C, B

  • 2. 
    Your project group has 1 week to do research, write a report and prepare a presentation on: “The challenges facing the elderly in Singapore and the programmes available to assist them”. The group decides that the action plan which will gain the best results is:
    • A. 

      Search the Web for websites with suitable information.

    • B. 

      Identify key concepts and search appropriate information sources with suitable methods.

    • C. 

      Search YouTube for presentations of similar research.

    • D. 

      Identify an area where many elderly people live and interview them.

  • 3. 
    While scanning a magazine, you found a chart (see below) which will be useful for your research on organic pollutants in Singapore waters. You think that the original article in which the chart was published might have other relevant charts. To find the article, you do the following: Chart from: Basheer, C., Obbard, J.P., & Lee, H.K., 2003. Persistent organic pollutants in Singapore's coastal marine environment: Part II, sediments. Water, Air and Soil Pollution [online], 149(1-4), pp. 315-325. Available from ProQuest: http://search.proquest.com/docview/746929676?accountid=40699 [Accessed 3 Mar 2011].
    • A. 

      A. Search the Web using the phrase “Basheer et al. 2003”.

    • B. 

      B. Go to the end of the magazine article to find the publication details of the original article in the reference list.

    • C. 

      C. Search the Library catalogue for the author named Basheer.

    • D. 

      D. Select a science and technology database and search it for articles on surface marine sediments in Singapore.

  • 4. 
    How much of the Web are the best search engines (e.g. Google) able to search?
    • A. 

      A. A small percentage of the total pages on the Web

    • B. 

      B. About half the total pages on the Web

    • C. 

      C. Most of the pages on the Web

    • D. 

      D. All the pages on the Web

  • 5. 
    Assisted suicide has been in the spotlight at various times in the Singapore press. In order to find as many news articles as possible on the issue in a news database, which search statement should be used?
    • A. 

      A. Assisted suicide OR euthanasia OR mercy killing AND advance medical directive OR living will

    • B. 

      B. Assisted suicide AND euthanasia AND mercy killing

    • C. 

      C. Assisted suicide OR euthanasia OR mercy killing

    • D. 

      D. Assisted suicide OR euthanasia AND mercy killing

  • 6. 
    You need to write a report discussing the positive and negative effects of social networking. In order to get a feel of what’s being written about this, you do a broad search in a database such as Business Source Premier. Which search statement will help you find the most relevant results?
    • A. 

      A. Facebook AND Twitter AND Friendster AND MySpace

    • B. 

      B. (“social networking” OR “social media”) AND (positive OR negative)

    • C. 

      C. “social networking” AND positive OR negative

    • D. 

      D. “social networking” AND (positive OR negative)

  • 7. 
    You’ve been commissioned by the Ministry of Health to produce a video to educate the layman on common myths regarding bird flu. To find out more, you search a medical database. Which search statement will find the largest number of relevant articles on the topic?
    • A. 

      A. myths AND “bird flu” OR “avian flu” OR H5N1

    • B. 

      B. (myth* OR urban legend*) AND (“bird flu” OR chicken*)

    • C. 

      C. myths AND “bird flu”

    • D. 

      D. myth* AND (“bird flu” OR “avian flu” OR H5N1)

  • 8. 
    1. A leading scientist working on stem cell research is now based in Singapore. You are a magazine reporter that has been given the opportunity to interview her! To prepare for the interview, you do some background reading. You look for books on the basics of stem cell research. At which call number(s) in SP Library can you find such books? (Link to: SP Library Catalogue.)
    • A. 

      A. RS420

    • B. 

      B. QS599.S83

    • C. 

      C. QH588.S83

    • D. 

      D. QH332 and R724

  • 9. 
    When you search a database and obtain no results or very few results, what are some immediate steps to take?
    1. Redefine your topic.
    2. Think again whether the keywords you searched have synonyms.
    3. Check the Help section to determine the correct operators and symbols to use in your search statement.
    4. Search another database.
    5. Remove any limits placed on the search.
    6. Browse the library shelves in the relevant section.
    • A. 

      A. I, II, III

    • B. 

      B. III, IV, V

    • C. 

      C. II, III, V

    • D. 

      D. I, IV, VI

  • 10. 
    You are searching the web for examples of stereotypes in the local media and discover this article in Wikipedia - “Singapore Girl”. It provides you with some interesting background information but eventually you decide not to list the article as a reference in your report because:
    • A. 

      A. It lacks authority and comprehensiveness.

    • B. 

      B. It provides references to other verifiable sources for some sections.

    • C. 

      C. It appears objective in its coverage.

    • D. 

      D. It appears up-to-date.

  • 11. 
    In order to assess whether the information you found is biased, which of the following should you consider?
    1. Author’s age
    2. Author’s organisation
    3. Author’s academic/professional qualifications
    4. Purpose of the information
    5. Tone of language
    6. Type of publication, e.g. scholarly journal, popular magazine, website
    • A. 

      A. I, III, IV

    • B. 

      B. II, III, IV, VI

    • C. 

      C. II, IV, V

    • D. 

      D. III, IV, V, VI

  • 12. 
    Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, is heard to be living in Singapore and was seen at local nightspot, The Butter Factory. You googled and found this website which mentions the news: Facebook Co-Founder, Eduardo Saverin, is in Singapore - Video Within   Teh, J., 31 Oct 2010. Facebook Co-Founder, Eduardo Saverin, is in Singapore – Video Within. TechieLobang.com. Available from: http://techielobang.com/blog/2010/10/31/facebook-co-founder-eduardo-saverin-is-in-singapore-video-within/ [Accessed 10 Mar 2011].   You think the news is probably true because:
    • A. 

      A. Your friend said that he thought he saw Saverin at The Butter Factory last month.

    • B. 

      B. You searched the local newspaper The Straits Times and found the article which reported this news.

    • C. 

      C. The website says that it was reported in The Straits Times.

    • D. 

      C. The website says that it was reported in The Straits Times.

  • 13. 
    Your lecturer asks you to read parts of a book for the next tutorial assignment. You have found a copy of the book in the Library. As a student using it for personal study, you know you may:  
    • A. 

      1. Your lecturer asks you to read parts of a book for the next tutorial assignment. You have found a copy of the book in the Library. As a student using it for personal study, you know you may: a. Photocopy a maximum of 10 pages of the book

    • B. 

      B. Photocopy a maximum of 10% of the total no. of pages of the book.

    • C. 

      C. Photocopy a maximum of 20% of the total no. of pages of the book.

    • D. 

      D. Photocopy a maximum of 2 chapters of the book.

  • 14. 
    In the literature review section of your report, you need to use information from a paragraph in a book.  Which of the following does not constitute as plagiarism and is an acceptable way of using the information?
    • A. 

      A. Use a few lines from the paragraph, without quotation marks, with citation.

    • B. 

      B. Use a few lines from the paragraph, with quotation marks, without citation.

    • C. 

      C. Use the exact words with quotation marks, with citation.

    • D. 

      D. Use your own words to paraphrase the paragraph, without citation.

  • 15. 
    Earlier this year, it was reported in the news that a German minister was alleged to have plagiarised from various sources for a significant part of his doctoral dissertation. Since then the university has revoked his degree. He eventually admitted to his mistakes and resigned as minister. In order to have avoided plagiarising, what should he have done?
    • A. 

      A. Paraphrased the information from sources, included personal analysis and cited the sources.

    • B. 

      B. Enclosed in quotation marks all the parts he copied.

    • C. 

      C. Used information from a larger number of sources, not just a few.

    • D. 

      D. Used a plagiarism checker.

  • 16. 
    Your essay on global warming cites an article by Borick and Rabe. Which of the following references of the article provides the needed information for your reader to locate the article easily (if he/she wishes to read it)?
    • A. 

      A. Borick, Christopher P., & Rabe, Barry G., 'A Reason to Believe: Examining the Factors that Determine Individual Views on Global Warming', Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited), 91(3) pp. 777-800.

    • B. 

      B. Borick, Christoper, & Rabe, Barry, 2010, 'A Reason to Believe: Examining the Factors that Determine Individual Views on Global Warming', Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited, Oxford), pp. 777-800. Business Source Premier, EBSCOhost [accessed 5 Jan 2011].

    • C. 

      C. Borick, C., & Rabe, B., 2010, 'A Reason to Believe: Examining the Factors that Determine Individual Views on Global Warming', Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited), 91(3) pp. 777-800.

    • D. 

      D. Borick, C., & Rabe, B., 2010, 'A Reason to Believe: Examining the Factors that Determine Individual Views on Global Warming', Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited), 91(3), Business Source Premier, EBSCOhost [accessed 5 Jan 2011].

  • 17. 
    1. Your essay on environmental sustainability refers to a journal article.  To ensure that your reader will be able to find the article to read it, what information is needed to do a proper citation using the Harvard (author-date) style?
     
    1. Author
    2. Article title
    3. Journal title
    4. Journal publisher
    5. Place of publication
    6. Year of publication
    7. Volume/issue
    8. Beginning and ending page of article
    9. Total number of pages
    • A. 

      A. I, II, III, IV, V, VI, IX

    • B. 

      B. I, II, III, VI, VII, VIII

    • C. 

      C. I, II, III, VI, VII, IX

    • D. 

      D. I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX (all the information)

  • 18. 
    At the end of your essay on the effects of storytelling, you are required to provide a list of references using the Harvard style. For an article by Pauline Chen, which of the following uses the Harvard style:
    • A. 

      A. “Patients Share Their Stories, Health May Improve” (Doctor and Patient), NYTimes.com – Global edition, Views, (New York, USA), 10 Feb 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/health/views/10chen.html. 10 Mar 2011.

    • B. 

      B. Chen, Pauline W., 2011. When Patients Share Their Stories, Health May Improve [online], NYTimes.com. Available from: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/health/views/10chen.html [Accessed 10 Mar 2011].

    • C. 

      C. Pauline W. Chen, “Patients Share Their Stories, Health May Improve”, published February 10, 2011, in The New York Times website (NYTimes.com). Access at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/health/views/10chen.html

    • D. 

      D. Chen, Pauline W., M.D. (2011) "When Patients Share Their Stories, Health May Improve”, 10 Feb 2011, NYTimes.com (Global edition). .

  • 19. 
    You’ve almost completed writing your project report and are left with making a list of references. Your project supervisor reminds you that when you work on your references, the most important thing to remember is:
    • A. 

      A. Always provide at least the author(s) and year of publication.

    • B. 

      B. Provide the URL and the date of access as long as it is available on the Web.

    • C. 

      C. Indicate the publication title clearly by enclosing in quotation marks or using italics.

    • D. 

      D. Be consistent in your style and provide sufficient information for the reader to find the reference.

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