IRIS 4-2: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges

Evaluating Information

How well do you do you understand how to evaluate resources? If you answer all of the following questions correctly, you will earn a certificate. If you score less than 100% you can retake the quiz or print out the results. Scores above 75% can be sent to your instructor.

1. A.S.P.E.C.T. stands for the following:
A. Attention, Spot, Purpose, Expect, Certify, Test
B. Access, Simplify, Purpose, Evaluate, Coverage, Target
C. Authority, Sources, Purpose, Evenness, Coverage, Timeliness
D. Access, Sources, Purpose, Evenness, Completeness, Timeliness

2. If you're reading a scholarly article, you don't have to evaluate it:
A. True, you should be able to take some things for granted
B. False, even if an article has been peer-reviewed you still need to decide if the content is timely and a good match to your topic

3. Which of the following should you look at to evaluate a website? (Check all that apply):
A. Date last updated
B. The advertisements
C. Stated purpose
D. Credentials
E. Domain name

For Question 4, read the sentences below and decide which response is most correct:

4.a. The definition of 'legally blind' in an advertisement for eye surgery services probably...
A. Is trustworthy
B. Should be cross-checked in other resources

4.b. Information found in the Book Review section of an academic, scholarly, or peer-reviewed journal...
A. Is trustworthy
B. Should be cross-checked in other resources

4.c. If an article provides references, it is proof the author did good research.
A. Yes, references are proof the article is trustworthy
B. No, references to low-quality or non-existent sources are as bad as no references

4.d. If something is repeated on many web sites, it is very likely true
A. Yes, and a million sites can't be wrong
B. No, bad information gets copied because people think it's true, or think it's amazingly untrue

5. Of the types of information, which one does NOT need to be evaluated:
A. An analysis of the effects of planning policies on urban density
B. A discussion of what people are likely to remember from childhood
C. A description of the creative process when artists paint or sculpt
D. Today's date

6. Claims about the significance of provable facts should be evaluated.
A. True
B. False

7. How do authors document their work? (Check all that apply):
A. Endnote
B. Reference
C. Title
D. Works Cited
E. Bibliography

8. Newspapers are not a peer-reviewed resource.
A. True
B. False

9. Your instructor wants you to find an article on a new scientific discovery. Where should you start your search?
A. A newspaper article
B. A book
C. An academic journal

10. Reading the "about us" link on a website helps you determine (Check all that apply):
A. The author's purpose for creating the work
B. Any biases that my be present in the work
C. Who is funding the work
D. Who else is using this work as a source

11. How do you evaluate authority for variety of resources? (Check all that apply):
A. Find information about the author or publisher
B. Note if sources are given
C. Read reviews of the resource
D. Search and read the "About Us" link on the website

12. Finish this sentence: An article, book, or website that reports on multiple perspectives of a subject and receives no funding from interested parties offers _______________ in its presentation of the information:
A. layers
B. evenness
C. an interpretation

13. Please write a sentence or two about information that you suspected was incorrect, or that you tried to prove was true.