Information Competency Quiz

Evaluate Information


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1) Using criteria to evaluate information from a website is necessary when you are using the web for research. Which of the following is NOT one of the criteria to use for evaluating a website?
Is there an author and is there information on the author's credentials or type of expertise?
Is there a date when the information was published, or a date when the webpage was revised?
Is there a website designer listed?
Is there an easy way to contact the person or organization that has put the information on the Web page?

2) Publications that require that the information be reviewed by several experts in the field are called:
Refereed or peer-reviewed publications
Book reviews
Subject-expert publications
Master publications

3) One common problem using a website for your research is:
It's too long.
It doesn't offer any products for sale.
It has no videos, which are always good to watch.
It may have disappeared the next time you look for the website, or be at a different web address.

4) Information published on the web may change frequently or even disappear altogether.

5) Some information remains appropriate to use over time for certain subject areas. Which of the following is an example of a resource that is still valid after hundreds of years?
The price of a Panasonic TV in 1989.
Drinking and driving laws from the early twentieth century
An essay about Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" written in 1859.
A book on how to use computers that was written in 1965

6) If you are researching medical treatments for measles, which is the LEAST important criterion for evaluating your sources?
Whether the author(s) has the appropriate credentials to write about medical treatments for measles
When the information was published
The cost of treatment
All of the above.

7) Which statement is correct?
All the information you find on the World Wide Web is accurate.
It is essential to evaluate the quality of websites.
All the information on the World Wide Web is available to everyone, free of cost.
The U.S. government owns the World Wide Web.

8) If you are researching new treatments for diabetes in children, which of the following evaluation criteria would be the most important?
The format of the information source.
The length of the information source.
The currency (timeliness) of the information source.
The vocabulary level of the information source.

9) Most information sources indicate a date of publication. If a source (like a website) provides no information on when it was created or published, you can still use it for your research paper.
Yes, if you first show it to your teacher for her opinion.
Yes. Just make up a date of publication for it in your citation.
No, absolutely never use an undated source for your paper.
None of the above.

10) You are doing research on whether the death penalty is good or bad for the American justice system. You find a web site with lots of in-depth reports pointing to the problems with the death penalty. What should you do next?
Print out the information from the web site. You're done with the research!
Find a documentary video about problems with the criminal justice system.
Look for research that presents the other side-- that the death penalty is a good thing- so that you will have an idea of what both sides say on this issue.
Read a book about the death penalty and why it's no good.

Where are you studying?
Spanish translation of the CUNY Information Competency Tutorials was made possible by a grant from the CUNY Office of Compliance and Diversity, Diversity Projects Development Fund. Prof. Josť Diaz, Hostos Community College and Prof. George Thorsen, Queensborough Community College translated these modules into Spanish.  The Hostos Community College Instructional Technology support center staff migrated all of the IL Competency modules into a new, more attractive format as part of a Perkins Grant to provide 24/6 online tutorial resources to students. A special thanks goes to Hostos Community College and George Rosa, Elkin Urrea, and Carlos Victoria for their work on the migration and design.