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Information Literacy PreTest
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The purpose of this survey is to track student learning of information literacy skills and techniques during their academic career at BCC.  Through your participation in this PreTest and later with the PostTest, we will be better able to determine the information instruction needs of our students.  While your participation in the PreTest is required, you will not receive a grade for this exercise. We very much appreciate your help on this assessment project. Thank you.

Section One 

Please Note:  Name and Student ID must be filled in.

For the following questions, click the option that best answers each question, or fill in the text box.
  •   Yes     No  
  •  Fall  Spring   Summer     
  •   What is your gender?  Female   Male  
  • Yes No 
                  Never     1 - 4 times     5 - 7 times     8 or more times

Section Two

For Section Two,  give a score ranging from Never to 5 for the computer activities on which you spend the most time.   A score of 5 would be for activities you spend the greatest amount of time on, and 1 for those you spend the least amount of time on. If you do not have access to a computer, or if you have not engaged in a particular activity, respond by selecting "Never".  We are looking for answers that accurately capture your real activities, so don't worry if your answers don't seem scholarly!

Never        1        2       3       4       

 Never        1       2       3       4       5  

Never        1        2       3       4       

Never        1        2       3       4       

Never         1      2         3        4      

Section Three

For Section Three, fill in the radio button that most appropriately answer each question.

             magazine article      an encyclopedia      Google Search 









   Advanced searches are processed quicker by the computer system than subject searches.
   The results will include only those items that are currently on the shelf.
   You will get more results than you need.
   Advanced searching allows you to combine terms which may produce better, more specific results. 


  Search the Jonathan Edwards Library Catalog for a book on rare wood warblers.
  Search Google or another commercial search engine.
  Consult an encyclopedia or reference source on Eastern birds.
  Search one of our reference databases for an article.
  Peruse the shelves of books downstairs in the hopes of stumbling on something
  Run to the Reference Librarian and ask for help.
  Search WorldCat by keyword for articles, and then see if we have any found in our databases.
  Search in Wikipedia for more information on native species.
  Search Google Scholar and pay for articles if you need to.
  Call the Audubon Society for help.    

For questions III-10 through III-14, select which best describe the characteristics of a scholarly journal and which describe those of a magazine:


For questions III-16 through III-20, select which of the following are primary and which are secondary sources: 

 Primary     Secondary  
 Primary      Secondary 
 Primary      Secondary 
 Primary       Secondary 
 Primary       Secondary 


Is there a bias present? Was this site designed to sway opinion?
Is the information factual and error-free? Can it be verified?
How current is the information presented?
Does the site have an "About" or organizational mission page?
All the above

III-22.  Read the following citation:

          a book
              an article from an online periodical database
              a webpage of a Professor
              a website on Google