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

Finding Information

Do you know enough about search tools and strategies to be an efficient and effective searcher? 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. Which of these types of information sources would you NOT expect to find records for in your library’s online catalog:
A. Books.
B. DVDs.
C. Periodical Articles.
D. Compact Discs.
E. Maps.

2. Which one of the following is True about Google Scholar:
A. All of the articles there can be read online for free.
B. Some of the articles there can be read online for free.
C. None of the articles there can be read online for free.

3. Which answer makes this sentence most True: When doing research, it’s best to start a search for periodical articles on your topic...
A. with your library's periodical indexes.
B. with Google Scholar.
C. with the magazines and newspapers your library has in print.

For Question 4, look at the ways to enter search terms and choose the one ...

4.a. ...that will yield the MOST results:
A. (kangaroo OR kangaroos OR roos) AND gestation
B. (kangaroo OR kangaroos) AND gestation

4.b. ...that will yield the MOST results:
A. kangaroo* AND gestation
B. kangaroo* AND gestat*

4.c. ...that is formatted correctly:
A. (bellingham OR “whatcom county”) AND annexation
B. bellingham OR “whatcom county” AND annexation
C. bellingham AND whatcom county OR annexation

4.d. ...that will yield the MOST results:
A. surf NOT internet
B. surf

5. When you use a search engine, you’re searching every page on the web.
A. True
B. False

6. When you use a search engine like Google, the pages that the results link to were all selected by people.
A. True
B. False

7. Good places to find keywords for searching include (Check all that apply.):
A. Subject encyclopedias
B. Your search statement
C. General encyclopedias
D. Thesauruses

8. Since web directories are created by hand and the sites are specially chosen for inclusion, the pages you find there don’t have to be evaluated before you cite them in a paper.
A. True
B. False

9. What is a wiki?
A. A flightless bird native to New Zealand.
B. A bad thing one ought to stay far, far away from.
C. A software platform that allows multiple users to edit web content.

10. When you're searching an online periodical index, what does putting quotation marks (“ ”) around words usually mean?
A. that you want the words treated as an exact phrase.
B. that you also want to search for words similar to those in the quotes.
C. that you're being sarcastic.

11. In which of these situations would it be ok to use Wikipedia articles? (Check all that apply.)
A. As one of the main sources for your research paper on global warming science.
B. As a starting point for learning about the history of automobile mass production.
C. As examples of a collaborative online tool for your paper on “’Social’ in the Digital Age."
D. None of the above.

12. Which of the following statements is true?
A. 'Truncate’ means to chop off words so you don’t get so many results.
B. Truncation works inside phrases just like it does for single words.
C. Truncation is one way to broaden searches so you get more results.
D. All databases use the same symbol to indicate truncation.

13. Please write a sentence or two describing the last topic you tried to research and if was easy or difficult to find information.