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

Exploring Information Types

How well do you know the range of available library and online 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.

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1. Scholarly journal articles are typically:
A. Written by experts, for an audience of everybody.
B. Written by journalists, for an audience of experts.
C. Written by anybody, for an audience of everybody.
D. Written by experts, for an audience of experts.

2. When starting a research project, the first step should always be:
A. Go to Google.
B. Define your purpose/goal and topic, and start a keyword list.
C. Visit the library.

3. While doing research you find an issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer from July 1850 reporting on the death of President Zachary Taylor. It also has an article interviewing Nathaniel Currier about recent research and patents in lithography that are really helping his printing and engraving company.
Which of the following would NOT be an appropriate use of these articles:

A. As a primary source for a paper on the history of US Presidents.
B. As a primary source for a paper on technical advances in lithography.
C. As a secondary source for a paper on technical advances in lithography.
D. As a primary source for a paper on the history of commercial printing.

For Question 4, look at the example source types and choose the one best for...

4.a. ...anecdotal accounts of what it is like working on oil rigs:
A. Oil and Gas Facilities (a peer-reviewed journal).
B. Oil and Gas Journal (a trade magazine).

4.b. ...up-to-date information on the safety of tattoo ink:
A. www.fda.gov The website of a government agency that regulates and reports on the safety of consumer products.
B. Local newspaper An article about a person with a rash from contaminated ink used in a new tattoo.

4.c. ...learning how local people reacted to the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980:
A. Newspapers from around Washington State in the days and weeks after the eruption.
B. Scholarly journals articles on the pyroclastic flows generated by the eruption.

4.d. ...a neutral source outlining the similarities and differences between the major political parties:
A. Conservative and liberal opinion magazines, such as The National Review and The Nation.
B. Encyclopedia Britannica articles for each party.

5. Everything you find in Google Books can be read online cover to cover.
A. True
B. False

6. All books in an academic library count as scholarly sources.
A. True
B. False

7. Which of the following are you likely to find at a website with a .edu top-level domain:
A. Pages created by students to share their homework or personal interests.
B. Pages created by departments to advertise their programs.
C. Pages created by instructors telling about their research.
D. That the site is from a new, unaccredited educational institution.
E. Library databases.

8. A book’s title page and verso (back) have information needed for citations.
A. True
B. False

9. When using a subject encyclopedia in print, the best thing to do first is:
A. Look in the table of contents for the article on your subject.
B. Use the Index (typically in the last volume) to look up your subject, since your topic may be discussed in multiple articles.
C. Since the articles are usually arranged alphabetically by subject, look in the volume that has the articles starting with the same letter as your subject.

10. Two things you would expect to find in BOTH newspapers and magazines:
A. Commentary, and current events.
B. Current events, and original research.
C. Statistics, and bibliographies.

11. In which of these sources would you find scholarly research on fashion trends? (Check all that apply.)
A. Women's Wear Daily (trade magazine).
B. The New Yorker fashion column (popular magazine).
C. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (academic journal).
D. Blog written by a trend-following, style-conscious, fashion enthusiast (personal blog).
E. Insider Higher Ed website (article entitled "Faculty Fashion").
F. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body, & Culture (peer-reviewed journal).

12. When you come across an online article that you want to read, but the website tells you to pay money to see it, the one thing you should NOT do is:
A. See if your library has the article in one of its online databases.
B. Request the article through interlibrary loan.
C. Pay the money since the publisher owns the copyright.
D. See if your library subscribes to the journal and has it available in print.

13. Please write a sentence or two about what kinds of information are least likely to be found freely available online.