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Search Engine Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz will assess your applied understanding of the following concepts and skills:
> how to select and use search engines based on your research objective, and
> how to apply advanced search techniques that will eliminate irrelevant results.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Select the two (2) general types of search engines.

    • A.

      Subject and vortals

    • B.

      Individual and meta

    • C.

      Gateways and subject

    Correct Answer
    B. Individual and meta
    The correct answer is "individual and meta." Individual search engines refer to specific search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo, which provide search results based on the user's query. Meta search engines, on the other hand, aggregate results from multiple search engines and display them to the user. Therefore, both individual and meta search engines are general types of search engines.

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  • 2. 

    What is the function of "spiders" and "bots"?

    • A.

      Remove duplicate result entries

    • B.

      Scan webpages for keywords and links

    • C.

      Interpret and revise search strings

    Correct Answer
    B. Scan webpages for keywords and links
    The function of "spiders" and "bots" is to scan webpages for keywords and links. They are automated programs that crawl through websites, analyzing the content and structure of each page. By scanning for keywords and links, they help search engines index and rank webpages accurately, ensuring that relevant results are displayed to users when they perform a search.

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  • 3. 

    Identify the type of search engine or directory that is best for browsing general topics within a broad category or area of interest.

    • A.

      Meta search engines

    • B.

      Individual search engines

    • C.

      Subject-based directories

    Correct Answer
    C. Subject-based directories
    Subject-based directories are the best type of search engine or directory for browsing general topics within a broad category or area of interest. Unlike meta search engines, which aggregate results from multiple search engines, and individual search engines, which provide results based on specific algorithms, subject-based directories categorize websites into topics and subtopics, making it easier to navigate and explore information within a specific area of interest.

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  • 4. 

    Search engines use which of the following criteria to rank the results associated with a search statement:

    • A.

      Frequency of key words and back links

    • B.

      Combination of graphics and key words

    • C.

      Credibility of the author

    Correct Answer
    A. Frequency of key words and back links
    Search engines use the frequency of keywords and backlinks as criteria to rank the results associated with a search statement. The frequency of keywords refers to how often the search terms appear on a webpage, with higher frequency indicating more relevance. Backlinks, on the other hand, are links from other websites pointing to a particular webpage, and search engines consider these as endorsements of the webpage's credibility and importance. Therefore, search engines prioritize webpages that have a high frequency of relevant keywords and are backed by numerous quality backlinks.

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  • 5. 

    Discuss the pros and cons of each of the following types of search engines/directories:  individual, meta and subject. Be certain to include an example of each type of engine/directory in your response. Your response should following the "RAVE" model.

  • 6. 

    You want to find information about Stafford loans on the College Affordability and Transparency website  Write out the search string you would use to find this topic at the website listed.

  • 7. 

    Your objective is find information about mobile applications that run on both the IOS and Android platforms.  Write the search string that will meet this criteria. 

  • 8. 

    Identify at least three search tips or strategies that you learned from the Google PowerSearching webinars. 

  • 9. 

    Your cousin Maria will be visiting Rhode Island from Europe in November..  Maria has indicated in her e-mails that she would like to visit Federal Hill in Providence.  She has read much about this historic, Italian neighborhood and the different restaurants featuring food from various regions of Italy.  Your cousin particularly likes northern Italian food.  You want to generate a list of potential restaurants now, so you can make reservations well in advance of her visit.     Construct a search string using Boolean operators that will give you a list of restaurants that meet Maria’s requirements.  Print the first page of results, including the search string box with all the keywords and operators visible.

  • 10. 

    Who was the third least-known founder of Apple, who sold his interest in the company for less than $5,000? Construct the search string(s) that will find the name of this person.

  • 11. 

    Find a black and white image of a winter hoarfrost.  What is it? Raise your hand when you have found the image and answer.

  • 12. 

    You want to find information on the debt ceiling from sources other than wikipedia.  How would would construct the search string?

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