Information Literacy - Source Evaluation Skills

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  • 1. 

    You need to know how current the information is in a book. Where can you find the date of when the book was published?

    • A.

      Index

    • B.

      Title page

    • C.

      Back of title page

    • D.

      Book cover

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    C. Back of title page
    Explanation
    The back of the title page is where you can find the date of when the book was published. This page typically includes important information about the book, such as the title, author, publisher, and publication date. By checking the back of the title page, you can determine the currency of the information in the book and assess its relevance to your needs.

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  • 2. 

    Which sentence demonstrates the author's opinion about the topic rather than fact?

    • A.

      The Great Barrier Reef is the largest structure ever made by living organisms.

    • B.

      People should be willing to give money to help save the Great Barrier Reef.

    • C.

      The Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing on earth visible from space.

    • D.

      The Great Barrier Reef is a popular tourist destination.

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    B. People should be willing to give money to help save the Great Barrier Reef.
    Explanation
    The sentence "People should be willing to give money to help save the Great Barrier Reef" demonstrates the author's opinion about the topic rather than stating a fact. The other sentences provide factual information about the Great Barrier Reef, such as its size, visibility from space, and popularity as a tourist destination.

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  • 3. 

    You located some websites on the negative effects of alcohol on teenagers. Which website below would best suit your information needs?

    • A.

      Www.addictionscare.com.au -- A 24-hour alcohol addiction hotline

    • B.

      Www.teendrugabuse.org -- Describes how alcohol affects the teen brain

    • C.

      Www.teenscenezeen.org -- Explains how to say "no" to alcohol at a party

    • D.

      Www.teendrugabusers.gov.au -- Provides help for parents with troubled teens

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    B. Www.teendrugabuse.org -- Describes how alcohol affects the teen brain
    Explanation
    The website www.teendrugabuse.org would best suit the information needs because it specifically describes how alcohol affects the teen brain. This information is directly relevant to the negative effects of alcohol on teenagers, which is the topic of interest. The other websites either focus on different aspects of alcohol addiction or do not provide information directly related to the effects of alcohol on teenagers.

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  • 4. 

    You have found several websites that you could use for your assignment on the Great Barrier Reef. Which question will not help you evaluate the sites?

    • A.

      Who is the author of the site?

    • B.

      How many people have used the site?

    • C.

      When was the site last updated?

    • D.

      Is the author an expert on the subject?

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    B. How many people have used the site?
    Explanation
    The question "How many people have used the site?" will not help you evaluate the websites for your assignment on the Great Barrier Reef because the number of people who have used the site does not necessarily indicate the reliability, accuracy, or relevance of the information provided. The number of users does not determine the quality of the content or the expertise of the author. Therefore, this question is not relevant in evaluating the suitability of the websites for your assignment.

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  • 5. 

    In order to make sure the information on a website is current, you need to find which of the following?

    • A.

      The date you read the information and the date the site was created.

    • B.

      The author of the website.

    • C.

      The date the website was created and the date the information was updated.

    • D.

      The name of the author and the date you read the information.

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    C. The date the website was created and the date the information was updated.
    Explanation
    To ensure that the information on a website is current, it is necessary to know both the date the website was created and the date the information was last updated. The date the website was created will give an indication of how old the website is, while the date the information was updated will indicate when the content was last reviewed and revised. By considering both dates, one can assess the reliability and relevance of the information provided on the website.

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  • 6. 

    What helps you judge if a website's information is accurate?

    • A.

      There are spelling mistakes.

    • B.

      The sources of photographs and data are identified.

    • C.

      Common sense tells you the information is false.

    • D.

      Quotations are used but no source is given.

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    B. The sources of photographs and data are identified.
    Explanation
    One way to judge the accuracy of a website's information is by checking if the sources of photographs and data are identified. When sources are provided, it allows users to verify the credibility and reliability of the information presented on the website. This helps in ensuring that the information is accurate and based on reliable sources.

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  • 7. 

    Dwarf minke whales visit the Reef every year in June and July. This sentence is best described as:

    • A.

      Opinion

    • B.

      Rumour

    • C.

      Fact

    • D.

      Belief

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    C. Fact
    Explanation
    The given sentence states a specific occurrence that happens every year in June and July, which indicates a factual statement. It is not an opinion because it is not expressing a personal viewpoint. It is not a rumor because it is not based on speculation or unverified information. It is not a belief because it is not based on faith or personal conviction. Therefore, the sentence is best described as a fact.

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  • 8. 

    You are working on an assignment about the Great Barrier Reef. You come across a statistic about the size of the reef. What would be the best resource to use to verify the accuracy of this statistic?

    • A.

      World Book Online

    • B.

      A Google Search

    • C.

      Wikipedia

    • D.

      A book about coral reefs of the world.

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    A. World Book Online
    Explanation
    World Book Online would be the best resource to verify the accuracy of the statistic about the size of the Great Barrier Reef. World Book Online is a reputable and reliable online encyclopedia that provides accurate and verified information on various topics. It is specifically designed for educational purposes and is often used by students and researchers. Therefore, it is likely to have accurate and up-to-date information about the Great Barrier Reef, including its size.

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  • 9. 

    Which term means lack of bias or judgement?

    • A.

      Accuracy

    • B.

      Authority

    • C.

      Objectivity

    • D.

      Currency

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    C. Objectivity
    Explanation
    Objectivity refers to the lack of bias or judgement. It means presenting information or making decisions based on facts and evidence, without personal opinions or prejudices. Being objective ensures that information is fair, impartial, and unbiased. In contrast, if someone is subjective, they are influenced by their personal beliefs, emotions, or preferences, which can lead to a lack of fairness and accuracy. Therefore, objectivity is the term that best describes the lack of bias or judgement.

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  • 10. 

    Which would have the most reliable information?

    • A.

      .gov

    • B.

      .com

    • C.

      .org

    • D.

      .net

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    A. .gov
    Explanation
    The domain extension ".gov" is reserved for government websites. Government websites are generally considered to be more reliable sources of information as they are backed by official organizations and institutions. These websites are expected to provide accurate and trustworthy information as they are subject to strict regulations and oversight. Therefore, a website with the domain extension ".gov" is likely to have the most reliable information compared to websites with other domain extensions like ".com", ".org", or ".net".

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  • 11. 

    What does .com represent?

    • A.

      Community

    • B.

      Communism

    • C.

      Communion

    • D.

      Commercial

    • E.

      Don't know.

    Correct Answer
    D. Commercial
    Explanation
    The term ".com" represents the word "commercial". In the context of internet domains, ".com" is a top-level domain (TLD) used primarily for commercial websites. It is widely recognized and used by businesses and organizations around the world to indicate that their website is related to commercial activities, such as selling products or services.

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