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After completing the information literacy tutorial sessions, a self-evaluation is necessary to assess your information literacy competencies. This session includes the following three tests:

Information Literacy Competency TEST 1
Information Literacy Competency TEST 2
Information Literacy Competency TEST 3

Competency 2 : Constructs/implements effective strategies for searching library sources.

You should be able to:

  • Select appropriate library databases
  • Identify appropriate strategies for selecting search terms
  • Combine search terms effectively
  • Use truncation effectively
  • Determine if the library subscribes to a specific journal using a citation

Quiz yourself:

1. What is the best way to truncate the word "computer" in order to search for variant words: computers, computing, computerized?
a) Com*
b) Computer*
c) Comput*
d) None of the above ways

2. To focus or narrow your search, which search strategy is correct?
a) Type another word (or phrase) using AND to connect, e.g. "nutrition
AND vitamins"
b) Type another word (or phrase) using OR to connect, e.g. "nutrition
OR vitamins"

3. The above image of search screen on OSCAR Web, the Library's online catalog, shows the ways that you may search for books. If you only remember several words of the title of a book recommended by your professor, you should use:
a) Search by: Title
b) Search by: Subject
c) Search for keyword(s) in: Title
d) None of the above

4. You need to search for recent scholarly articles on "early childhood education" in Academic Search Premier from your home PC. Select the best search strategy:
a) Early childhood education [in title]
b) Early childhood education [in Default fields]
c) Early childhood education [in subject] and limit your search by:
[Peer Review]
d) Early childhood education [in Abstract] and limit your search by:
[Publication Type] and [Titles available in Periodicals Department].

5. You need to know if a specific journal is available in the Guarini library. Select the BEST answer.
a) Ask a reference librarian.
b) Do a "Title" search for the journal in OSCAR or check Periodicals List
A-Z in the Library Web page .
c) Look for the title on the shelves in the Periodicals Department on the
second floor of the Guarini Library.
d) Use the Internet Web site : <>

6. Read the following citation from the "Result list" in searching the library database Academic Search Premier, and select the INCORRECT statement.

a) The title of the article is: Developing a General Outcome Measure of
Growth in Movement for Infants and Toddlers.
b) The title of the periodical is: Topics in Early Childhood Special
c) You can print the full text of the article from the database.
d) You can not get the original source in print in the library.

7. In evaluating periodical articles you should consider: (select the BEST answer)
a) Relevance, peer reviewed or scholarly publication.
b) Journal title, currency.
c) Availability in full text database.
d) Author credentials.



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