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Post-test: Information Literacy


Please select the best answer(s) for each question. This test is not graded and is for your use only.


1. Most library databases and Internet search engines allow you to search in both basic and advanced modes. The advanced mode allows you to perform more complex searches. One such complex search methodology is referred to as a Boolean searching. Boolean searching allows you to add the words (known as operators) AND, OR and NOT. What do each of these operators do?        

AND broadens search results

AND narrows search results

OR broadens search results

OR narrows search results

NOT broadens search results

NOT narrows search results

2. Library classification systems arrange books on the library shelves by?        



Year of Publication


3.  Information literacy can be thought of as:

Learning how to learn

Improving research skills

Selecting, evaluating and synthesizing sources to create knowledge

All of the above

4. Your instructor has asked you to write a paper based on current scholarly information. What would be the most appropriate source to use?       






5    5. Which of the following does not indicate an author (print or web-based) would serve as an objective source?

Author's arguments were supported by facts

Opposing points of view are addressed

Author uses inflammatory language to arouse bias

Opinions are not disguised as facts but supported with research


6. Scholarly or peer-reviewed publications are defined as those that:

Report and document the details of original research.

Have a writing style appeals to professionals in a particular field, not to the general public.

Contains few, if any, color images and maintains a serious appearance.

All of the above

None of the above

7. Which of the following is false? Writing down citations for books is important because:


You'll need to know the title, author and call number when you locate the book on the shelf.

You've placed quotation marks to indicate the author's words were used, so don't need to cite the source.

You'll need to include this information in the list of references for your research paper.

This information helps others find the sources you've referenced in your paper.











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