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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

Pre-Test

Name__________________________________Section number/Professor_______________________

 

1. The best place to look for current scholarly research on drug therapy for attention deficit disorder would be (circle the correct answer)

  1. The online catalog
  2. An encyclopedia
  3. A periodical article
  4. Don't know

2. Identify the following citation as either a book, popular periodical article, newspaper article, scholarly research article or chapter in a book (circle the correct answer)

Idso, S. B. (1989). Carbon Dioxide and Global Change: Earth in Transition. Tempe: IBR Press.

1. book

2. popular periodical

3. newspaper article

4. scholarly research article

5. chapter in a book

3. Read the following statement and answer the question below

 

"Describe the issues involved in the phonics vs. whole language argument about teaching reading to children"

Which of the following search statements will obtain the best results from a periodical database search? (circle the correct answer)

 

1. phonics and whole language and reading

2. phonics or whole language or reading

3. phonics and whole language and issues

4. phonics vs. whole language

 

4. Identify the following citation as either a book, popular periodical article, newspaper article, scholarly research article or chapter in a book (circle the correct answer)

 

Borman, W.C. (1998). Massive ocean current may provide clues to global

warming. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 79 (10) 2187.

1. book

2. popular periodical

3. newspaper article

4. scholarly research article

5. chapter in a book

 

5. Identify the following citation as either a book, popular periodical article, newspaper article, scholarly research article or chapter in a book (circle the correct answer)

 

Massaro, D. (1990). Global warming:slowing down the greenhouse express. In

H.L. van Brock (Ed.), Setting National Priorities (pp.56-89). Washington D.C.:

Brookings Institution.

1. book 4. Scholarly research article

2. popular periodical 5. Chapter in a book

3. newspaper article

 

6. Use Eureka to determine whether the CSUS Library owns this book (circle the correct answer)

 

Firor, J. (1990). The changing atmosphere : a global challenge. New

Haven : Yale University Press.

1. owns 2. does not own

 

7. Use Eureka to determine whether the CSUS Library owns this book (circle the correct answer)

 

Harbinger, G. (1993). Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the Earth's Atmosphere and

Changing Ecological Systems. New York: Harlan Press.

 

1. owns 2. does not own

 

8. Listed below in the order in which they would appear on the shelf, are five book call numbers. The following questions each give an additional book call number. Show where that book

would be shelved among the five books listed

1 2 3 4 5

GT GT GT GT GT

52 52 52.7 52.8 511

T229 .T27 .M5 .G34 .T845

 

Where would a book with the call number GT 52.79 .U47 be placed? (circle the correct answer)

1. between books 1 and 2

2. between books 2 and 3

3. between books 3 and 4

4. between books 4 and 5

 

 

9. Where would a book with the call number GT 52 .T2669 be placed? (circle the correct answer)

1. between books 1 and 2

2. between books 2 and 3

3. between books 3 and 4

4. between books 4 and 5

 

 

10. Here is a sample assignment. Read it carefully and answer the questions below.

 

Give a 10-15 minute oral presentation on media ethics. Your presentation must be based on at least 5 recent scholarly articles. You will be asked to turn in a bibliography of the sources you consulted. You must use video, slides, or other graphical media to illustrate your ideas.

What type of assignment is it? (circle the correct answer)

1. speech/oral presentation

2. literature review/critique

3. summary/annotation

4. short essay/paper

5. term paper/senior project

11. Is currency an issue? (circle the correct answer)

1. current information required

2. historical information required

3. information over time required

  1. Do you need information from a particular type of publication? (circle the correct answer)

1. scholarly/professional 4. popular/general interest

2. trade 5. tabloids

3. government

 

 

13. Do you need information in a particular format? (circle the correct answer)

    1. visual/graphic
    2. numeric
    3. audio
    4. electronic

 

 

14. Here is a sample assignment. Read it carefully and answer the questions below.

 

You are writing a paper for your college English class on AIDS research and you have found the following information sources. Look at each source below carefully, and determine if it would

be appropriate for your assignment. If appropriate, circle "Yes"; otherwise select "No".

This would be an appropriate source for my assignment

 

    1. Yes2. No

 

 

 

15. This would be an appropriate source for my assignment

    1. Yes2. No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. This would be an appropriate source for my assignment
  2.  

  3. 1. Yes.2. No

 

 

  1. This would be an appropriate source for my assignment.
  2. 1. Yes 2. No

  3. This would be an appropriate source for my assignment.

 

    1. Yes 2. No

 19. This would be an appropriate source for my assignment.

 

    1. Yes2. No

 

 

20. Which of the following examples uses Boolean operators? (circle the correct answer)

    1. maternal bonding with infants
    2. effects of day care
    3. working mothers and child care
    4. Quality in day care
    5. None of the above

 

 

21. I know how to use Boolean operators when using electronic databases. (circle the correct answer)

1. Yes

2. No

 

 

22. You can find all the information that's ever been published in the library's computerized databases. (circle the correct answer)

 

1. Yes

2. No

  1. The Internet is the best source of scholarly information when doing research.

(circle the correct answer)

 

1. Yes

2. No

 

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