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Friday, November 19, 2010

Information Literacy Quiz - Answers

Somewhat Savvy (0-5 points)
Moderately Savvy (6-10 points)

Downright Nerdy (10+ points)

1. List four major search engines and a major directory.
A: For a full list of search engines, directories, and all their functions check WIKIPEDIA's list of search engines

2. What is a blog?
A: Blog is short for weblog - it is literally a log of the Web

3. Why might you use quotation marks when conducting a search?
A: Use "quotation marks" to ensure your keywords appear in your search results in the order you have specified

4. URL is an acronym for:
A: Uniform Resource Locator

5. Identify three Boolean search terms.

6. How do you find the owner or publisher of a Web site?
A: Go to and enter the URL of the site you would like to research

7. Identify these extensions and what they represent:
(A: .org - organization .com - company .sch school .k12 - most US school sites .edu - US higher Ed .gov - US government .ac - higher ed outside US usually used with country code, example, "".net - network .mil - military .co - company)

8. How do you find out who is linked to your school’s Web site?
A: Go to AltaVista and do a LINK: command search. In the search box type link:your school's address

9. What clues in a Web address might indicate you are on a personal Web site?
A: Look for a tilde “~” or the “%” sign or a personal name “jdoe” or the word “user” after the domain name and the first forward slash “/“

10. How would you conduct a search for the following: a list of Web sites of all the academic institutions in South Africa? (Hint: South Africa’s country code is .za)
A: Go to AltaVista and type host" in the search box

11. How do you find the history of any given Web site?
A: Use the Wayback Machine. Type the URL of the web site you would like to research into the search box.

12. How would you conduct a search for the following: US higher education Web sites that contain the word turtle?
A: Go to AltaVista and type "host:edu + turtle" in the search box

13. How do sites get to the top of a result list in GOOGLE?
A: One factor Google uses to rank sites is popularity. It counts the number of links from sites all around the Web. For example, if a large number of sites has a specific keyword somewhere on their Web site along with a link to a particular site, Google counts the number of times the keyword appears along with the number of links to a particular site. The higher number of links to a site, the higher Google will rank that site on a list of results. There are several additional factors as well, including but not limited to the title of the site, the site’s meta information and the actual content of the site.


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