Information Literacy Assessment 2013

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Information Literacy Assessment Quizzes & Trivia

This assessment is designed to find out more about the information literacy skills of GBS's incoming freshmen. Thank you for your participation.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Take a few minutes to look at this site on the Burmese Mountain Dog: http://burmesemountaindog.info There are several questions below related to the site.

  • 2. 

    Where would be the best place to find in-depth information about the history of heavy metal music?

    • A.

      Website

    • B.

      Book

    • C.

      Biography database

    • D.

      Newspaper database

    Correct Answer
    B. Book
    Explanation
    Books are great places to find in-depth information on music, musicians and artists.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following would be the best place to find a local perspective on a current event?

    • A.

      Newspaper

    • B.

      Book

    • C.

      Literature database

    • D.

      General encyclopedia

    Correct Answer
    A. Newspaper
    Explanation
    Local and regional newspapers (both online and print) are great places to find information of local interest. .

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  • 4. 

    Is there a publication date or copyright date on the page?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Yes, although is not one that you would expect from a reliable site: © 1994-20xx. It also claims to be "Updated: January 3 and June 7 each year and as required", which is unusual and unclear. Who is requiring these updates?

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  • 5. 

    Do you think this a reliable, trustworthy site?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    No. There are several problems with this site. There are inconsistencies in the text; the dogs were supposedly bred as guard dogs to keep temples free of "rodents and beggars" and are alleged to be favored by drug lords, but are also described as"a family dog who loves children". There is no information about the author, and the date is very suspicious. Also, it is has a .info domain. Anyone can register for a .info domain.
    Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a Burmese Mountain Dog. This site is a hoax.

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  • 6. 

    If you were searching for information on the ethics of cloning humans, which would be the better keyword search:

    • A.

      What are ethical issues involved in cloning people

    • B.

      Ethics AND Human AND cloning

    Correct Answer
    B. Ethics AND Human AND cloning
    Explanation
    Keyword searching should use only the terms that reflect the most important concepts you are trying to find information about. The more terms you enter, the more narrow your search will be. Words like "involved" and "what" will make your search too restrictive, even in a google search. Also, many databases do not support natural language searching.

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  • 7. 

    Does this site have an "about us" or other section that provides information about the person or organization that created the site?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    No. There is no information provided about the organization that supposedly published the page (the Burmese Mountain Dog Club of America) or Dr. Charlie White, Ph.D., DVM., AECT

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  • 8. 

    True or False: It’s impossible to know whether a Wikipedia entry is reliable

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False. Wikipedia entries do vary in quality and there are several ways to determine their accuracy. Ask a librarian to show you how to evaluate Wikipedia pages

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  • 9. 

    A search engine (e.g. Google, Bing) will return results from:

    • A.

      A personal email

    • B.

      Subscription databases from the GBS Library

    • C.

      A commercial website

    • D.

      A password protected web site

    Correct Answer
    C. A commercial website
    Explanation
    Search engines will not give you results from Internet sites that are password protected, including the GBS Library’s subscription databases, or personal email accounts. There is a lot of information on the web that is not accessible from search engines.

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  • 10. 

    A web site that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections is called a:

    • A.

      Blog

    • B.

      Home Site

    • C.

      Hot Mess

    • D.

      Wiki

    Correct Answer
    D. Wiki
    Explanation
    Wikis use software that allows for easy collaboration and modification. The most famous and biggest wiki is Wikipedia. (Definition from Merriam-Webster.com)

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  • 11. 

    In libraries, nonfiction books are organized by:

    • A.

      Author

    • B.

      Title

    • C.

      Publication date

    • D.

      Subject

    Correct Answer
    D. Subject
    Explanation
    Nonfiction is organized by subject. The call numbers are a series of digits that correspond to a particular subject. All books on the same topic are shelved together.

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