Cumulative Assessment: Standard Three

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Cumulative Assessment: Standard Three:
Based on the instruction delivered in Lesson One, students will be tested on their knowledge in two ways:
1) They will be given one or more sample texts to read and analyze. From these sample texts, they will be asked to identify and paraphrase the main ideas and recognize context.
2) They will be given a set of multiple choice questions to answer covering the competency areas of evaluating sources, synthesis of information, and revising research strategies.
Examples of these assessments are shown below:
I. Paraphrasing from a text: [Indicators 3.1 A, 3.1 B, 3.1 C]
Select ALL passages below that appropriately cite this passage from Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail":

“You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative.”

  1. King writes to fellow clergy saying that although they "deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham, your statement fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations."

  1. Martin Luther King was certain that nobody would want to be contented with a surfacy type of social analysis that concerns itself only with effects and doesn't deal with root causes.

  1. Martin Luther King wrote that the city of Birmingham's "white power structure" left African-Americans there "no alternative" but to demonstrate ("Letter from the Birmingham Jail" para. 5).

  1. None of the above.

Adapted from :

“University of La Verne Wilson Library Information Literacy Assessment.” Survey Monkey, n.d.

Web. 23 May 2010 <>

II. Multiple choice questions [Indicators 3.2, 3.3]

  1. Which of the following types of source often present a one-sided view and opinions rather than facts?


  1. Blogs

  2. Newsgroups

  3. Newspaper editorials

  4. Personal or commercial web sites

  5. Scholarly journal articles

  1. You have just finished reading a recent article on the displacement of southern flying squirrels from their natural woodland habitat. Where could you immediately find a list of other articles related to this topic?


  1. Contact the principle author of the article and ask for a list of references.

  2. Internet

  3. Library catalog

  4. Library's database system

  5. Literature Cited/References section of the article

  1. You would like to evaluate the qualifications of an author of an article you have just read. Which of these strategies would be the most effective?


  1. Search a biography database.

  2. Search by author for the author's name in the library catalog.

  3. Search for bibliographies of the author's work.

  4. Search for reviews of the author's work in a periodical index or research database.

  5. Search the Web for the author's name.

  1. You need to write a paper about the causes of deforestation in South America. Which of these strategies would be likely to result in useful, reliable information?


  1. Communicate with experts on the topic.

  2. Read a travel guide for South America.

  3. Read periodical articles on the topic.

  4. Scan your local newspaper for articles on the topic.

  5. Search the library catalog for books on the topic.

  1. Which of the following characteristics of an article is generally the most reliable indicator of scholarly research?


  1. It is available in a university library.

  2. It is indexed in a research database.

  3. It is published on the Web.

  4. It is written by a university faculty member.

  5. It was reviewed by other experts prior to acceptance for publication.

  1. You are writing a paper on prescription drug research. Your search for "drugs and research" in a research database has produced over a thousand results. What is the best strategy to deal with these results?


  1. Add additional terms to the search.

  2. Look at all of the results so as not to miss a good article.

  3. Remove one of the search terms.

  4. Select a new database.

  1. You would like to evaluate the quality of a specialized encyclopedia you are using for your project. What would be the most effective way to find a good review?


  1. Go to the publisher's Web page.

  2. Search for reviews of the encyclopedia in a periodical index or research database.

  3. Search the library catalog for a handbook or guide to reference resources.

  4. Search the library catalog for the editor's name.

  5. Search the library catalog for the title of the encyclopedia.

  1. You want to communicate directly with experts on the subject of earthquakes. How could you communicate with these experts?


  1. Call them on the telephone.

  2. Email them.

  3. Read articles they have published.

  4. Set up an interview.

  5. Use an online discussion list to talk to them.

  1. Which of the following sources is least likely to help you evaluate the credibility of an author for your history paper?


  1. Dictionary of National Biography

  2. Directory of American Scholars

  3. Handbook of Modern American History

  4. Social Sciences Citation Index

  5. The Blackwell Dictionary Of Historians

  1. When searching on the Web for a controversial topic such as gun control, which of the following statements is most accurate about possible bias of a Web site?


  1. Bias can only be detected from reading the information on the site and comparing it to other sources.

  2. If the information in the site includes statistical or numerical data, then it is not biased.

  3. Information on the Web is probably biased.

  4. Information on the Web is probably unbiased.

  5. The domain of the Web site will indicate whether it is biased or not. For example, an .edu site is probably unbiased, while a .com is probably biased.

  1. You need to get information on an event that took place two days ago. Where are you most likely to find information about the event?


  1. Book

  2. Dissertation

  3. Journal article

  4. Magazine

  5. Newspaper

  1. If you are writing a persuasive research paper, you should:


  1. Rely solely upon your own opinion.

  2. Search for diverse information that both supports and contradicts your opinions on the topic.

  3. Search for information that contradicts your opinion on the topic.

  4. Search for information that supports your opinion on the topic.

  5. Search only for information that is neutral on your topic.

  1. What is the purpose of the excerpt below: "Four years after Scottish researchers startled the world by announcing that they had cloned a sheep named Dolly, scientists say evidence is mounting that creating healthy animals through cloning is more difficult than expected. The clones that have been produced, they say, often have problems severe enough to concern anyone thinking of cloning a human being. These include developmental delays, heart defects, lung problems and malfunctioning immune systems."


  1. To inform.

  2. To persuade or trigger emotions.

  3. To present a variety of viewpoints.

  1. What is the purpose of the excerpt below: "Most disturbing of all, some researchers want to use cloning to create human beings solely for experimentation and destruction. They propose to supply genetically matched tissues for treating various diseases by making human embryos from patients' body cells, then dissecting these developing embryos for their "spare parts." Some even speak of growing genetically altered "headless" or "brainless" human clones as organ farms."


  1. To inform.

  2. To persuade or trigger emotions.

  3. To present a variety of viewpoints.

  1. Does the excerpt below illustrate fact, opinion, or bias? "The argument against armed self-defense is one of the most insidious forms of victimization of women. The dominant cultural conditioning tells women that they are not capable of defending themselves with a gun. That's why fewer than 10% of women own guns."


  1. Bias

  2. Fact

  3. Opinion

Objective: Skill Set: Evaluating Sources

  1. You hear on a radio talk show that Mad Cow Disease may have been found in the United States. How might you best determine the truth of this statement?


  1. Call for a transcript of the program from the radio station

  2. Check the Web site for information the government itself might not release to the public

  3. Discuss the news with co-workers who might have heard the program

  4. Look up the topic at the American Council on Beef Web site for current news

  5. Search for Mad Cow Disease on the U.S. Dept of Agriculture Web site

  1. You are assigned a report for your political science class on testimony given by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior 10 days ago at a congressional hearing. What research tools would be most helpful in finding

information about the testimony?


  1. Search for articles in the New York Times archive (online).

  2. Search for articles in The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (reference room).

  3. Search for articles in the Social Science Index (reference room).

  4. Search for books in the university library's catalog (online).

  5. Search for articles in Yahoo News Directory (online).

  1. To find just about all the articles that have been published on a certain topic, what do you need to do?


  1. Search a research database in your subject area.

  2. Search several research databases in your subject area.

  3. Search several Web search engines.

  4. Search the library catalog.

  5. Search the Web.

  1. If you are required to write a paper on teenage pregnancy, which of the following types of databases might have articles on this topic?


  1. Architecture database

  2. Education database

  3. Health database

  4. Mathematics database

  5. Physics database

  6. Psychology database

Excerpted from:

“Results of the Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills for Carnegie Mellon

University, Administration: 2006-07 Undergrads.” Project SAILS. Kent State University,

2006. PDF file.

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