Information Competence
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  Please note:  The actual survey instrument was administered in WebCT
or in paper in the librarian lectures.


Child Development 133 Information Competence Project Spring 2000

Post-test

Name_______________________________________________________

Section number/Professor ______________________________________

 

1. The best place to look for an overview of a topic such as intelligence testing (circle correct answer)

1. The online catalog

2. An encyclopedia

3. A periodical

4. Don't know

 

2. Read the following statement and answer the questions below.

 

"Describe the effects of class size reduction on academic achievement"

What are the key concepts in the above statement? (circle the correct answer)

1. class size, effects

2. class size, academic achievement

3. class size, reduction

 

 

3. What source would best answer the above question?

1. dictionary

2. encyclopedia

3. periodical articles

 

 

4. Read the following statement and answer the question below.

 

"Describe the characteristics of an age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate kindergarten program"

Which of the following search statements will obtain the best results from a database search?

1. developmentally appropriate and age appropriate

2. developmentally appropriate and kindergarten

3. age appropriate or developmentally appropriate

 

5. The CSUS library's EUREKA catalog can be used to find information on: (circle correct answer)

1. all books published in California

2. CSUS faculty and courses

3. Books for sale

4. Book and periodical titles owned by the CSUS Library

5. Don't know

 

6. A periodical index such as ERIC is used to: (circle correct answer)

1. locate journal articles

2. find video titles

3. look for books

4. don't know

7. A bibliography is a list of: (circle correct answer)

1. addresses

2. phone numbers

3. information sources

4. corporations

5. don't know

 

 

8. To find the most current information on your topic you would consult (circle correct answer)

1. books

2. periodical articles

3. encyclopedia articles

4. bibliographies

 

 

9. The following is from a periodical index:

 

1Messinger, D.S., Fogel, A. 2(1998). 3Give and Take: the Development of

Conventional Infant Gestures. 4Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 5 44, 6 (4),

7 566-90.

Identify the numbered parts of the example above by drawing lines from the left column to the right column.

1 -->                        volume number

2 -->                        author

3 -->                        page numbers

4 -->                        journal title

5 -->                        issue number

6 -->                        article title

7 -->                        year of publication

 

10. The following is from a bibliography:

 

1Merz, C. 2(1997). 3Community and Schools: Promise and Paradox. 4New York: 5Teachers College Press.

Identify the numbered parts of the example above by drawing lines from the left column to the right column.

1 -->                              publisher

2 -->                              year of publication

3 -->                              author

4 -->                              title of article

5 -->                              place of publication

 

11. The following is from a list of references at the end of an article:

1McGuinness, D. 2(1989). 3Attention Deficit Disorder: The Emperor's Clothes

and Other Fiction 4 (pp.151-187). In 5 Fisher, S. and Greenberg, R.P.

(eds.), 6The Limits of Biological Treatments for Psychological Distress.

7Hillsdale, NJ: 8Erlbaum.

Identify the numbered parts of the example above by drawing lines from the left column to the right column.

1 -->                        title of chapter

2 -->                        author/editor of book

3 -->                        year of publication

4 -->                        author of chapter

5 -->                        place of publication

6 -->                        chapter page numbers

7 -->                        publisher

8 -->                        title of book

 

12. A periodical is a magazine, journal or newspaper published on a continuing basis at regular intervals. (circle correct answer)

1. True

2. False

 

 

13. What are the key subject words in the following assignment? (circle correct answer)

 

Prepare a presentation on the role of African Americans in the school

desegregation efforts of the 1950s

1. presentation, school, desegregation

2. School, desegregation, 1950s

3. Role, African Americans, desegregation

4. African Americans, school, desegregation

 

14.  You consult a dictionary to find information on: (circle correct answer)

1. titles owned by the library

2. meanings of words

3. articles on a topic

4. addresses

 

15. Which of the following oral presentation topics requires the most current information? (circle correct answer)

1. Critique of Maya Angelou's poem "On the Pulse of Morning"

2. Efffects of global warming on climate

3. Opinion polls for upcoming elections

4. how an escalator works

 

16.  Please examine this web page and and answer questions 16-21

 

http://www.naeyc.org/public_affairs/champions/classize2.htm

 

Is there an indication of when the information was created or updated? (circle correct answer)

1. Yes

2. No

3. Can't tell

 

17. Is there information on the authors' or producers' credentials? (circle correct answer)

1. Yes

2. No

3. Can't tell

 

18. Is there contact information (e.g. e-mail address for author or producer)? (circle correct answer)

1. Yes

2. No

3. Can't tell

 

19. Does the web site cover the topic extensively? (circle correct answer)

1. Yes

2. No

3. Can't tell

 

20. Is the information presented as fact (vs. opinion)? (circle correct answer)

1. Yes

2. No

3. Can't tell

 

21. If the information is presented as fact, are there footnotes or references? (circle correct answer)

1. Yes

2. No

3. Can't tell

 

22. When performing a search on the web with a search engine such as Yahoo,

which search statement will find less items? (circle correct answer)

1. Schools and charter

2. Schools or charter

3. They will find the same number of items

 

23. Which of the following statements best describes the Internet? (circle correct answer)

1. A computer somewhere which contains a large amount of information

2. A collection of interconnected big computers managed by universities, the government,

and large organizations 3. A huge number of computers of various sizes which are connected to each other and can belong to anyone.


Rva:2/11/2000

Questions or comments?
Roz Van Auker, Education Librarian, vanaukerr@csus.edu


updated 2/29/2000
Linda J. Goff, Library Instruction Librarian