Information Literacy Survey
The purpose of this survey is to find out:
This survey has two parts:
1. In which course are you answering this survey? (i.e. English 1551)
2. Gender: Female
3. Do you have access to the internet at home?
4. Do you consider yourself to be computer literate?
For questions 5-9, rank from 1-5 the activities on which you spent the most
(5) to the least (1) time when you are on the computer. (Remember, we're not
looking for the most academically impressive answers; we're looking for the most
honest answers. If you have not had access to a computer or you have not
engaged in a specific activity, mark it as a "0.")
5. Searching for specific information
related to a school or personal task.
6. Communicating in chat rooms or
7. Downloading music, videos, or
8. Surfing the Internet for
9. Playing games.
For questions 10-14, rank the sources below from the most often used (5) to
the least often used (1) in the order you turn to them when you need specific
and accurate information. If you generally do not use one or more of the sources
listed, mark it as "0."
10. A person with special knowledge,
such as a librarian, teacher, or expert in the topic.
11. Reference book, such as an
encyclopedia or almanac.
12. General interest magazines, such
as Newsweek or Time.
13. Scholarly journals, such as the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
14. The Internet.
For questions 15-19, which of
the following information-related activities have you done during the past year?
Check all that apply.
15. Written a paper which
16. Given a speech which
17. Written a bibliography
using a citation format such as MLA, APA, etc.
18. Researched an area of
19. Rejected a piece of
information because the source was unreliable.
20. A student approaches the reference librarian and says, “This
summer was too hot. I wonder if it is because of global warming??What might be
the thesis statement of a paper on this topic?
It was too hot this summer.
is causing the mean temperature of the earth to rise, which could have
disastrous effects on the ecology of the planet.
warming cause abnormal heat around the planet?
Watch out for
giant squid this summer; they now take up more space than humans because of
will be about the effects of global warming.
21. Where should you begin your search for information on global
A book located through MaagNet, the
Maag Library online catalog.
A web site
found on the Internet.
A journal from
EBSCO's Academic Search Premier computer database.
article from the Encyclopedia of Environmental Sciences, copyright 2005.
22. Your friend is searching a database for information for an
Environmental Science paper on global warming. Using the search terms global
warming, she finds more than 4500 articles. Would you advise her to:
Use the terms "global warming" AND
through all 4500 articles.
question, "What is global warming?"
Talk to your
relative, who sells air conditioners.
23. When using the database Academic Search Premier for the first
time, you should:
Type in a subject and see what
"Online Help" to learn how it works and then perform a search according to the
"Expert Search" because you are now in college.
Give up and
use the Internet.
24. Which source would have more scholarly worth for a collegiate
U.S. News and World Report
Knighthood, Chivalry, and Tournaments Resource Library (www.chronique.com)
25. Is it a violation of copyright to make a copy of Spiderman 2
from a videotape you just purchased?
26. Pick the best definition of plagiarism.
The use of someone’s words, ideas or
line of thought without acknowledgment.
Copying out of
an encyclopedia without citing a source.
of footnotes in documentation.
another’s work word for word.
27. Is it plagiarism to use an outline of a paper found on the web
if you have the permission of the creator?
28. What is the best way to find a scholarly journal article on a
Page through print volumes of
general Web search engine like Google or Yahoo.
Search a print
index or periodical database like Academic Search Premier or JSTOR.
online library catalog
29. Examine the following citation:
Nemes, I. 2002. Regulating hate speech in cyberspace: Issues of desirability
and efficacy. Information & Communications Technology Law. 11 (3):193-221.
This is a citation to:
A journal article
A portion of a book
30. Examine the following citation:
Kunz, Diane. “White Men in Africa: On Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood
Bible.?nbsp; In Novel History: Historians and Novelists Confront America’s Past (and
Each Other), edited by Mark C. Carnes. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
A portion of a
31. If you need to find out whether Maag Library held the book The
Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness, which should you
Web search engine like Google or
database like Academic Search Premier