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Last Updated: Sep 5, 2012 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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How Information Literate are You?

Use the videos and stories to the right to find the answers to these questions.  On November 1, MU Librarians will select two winners from among all entries with 100% scores, and we will email the correct answers to all MU students who entered the contest.  One winner will receive a $50 gift certificate and the other will receive a $100 gift certificate from the MU Bookstore.  If you wish to be considered for prizes, please fill in the blank with your campus email address.

How Information Literate Are You?

Literacy is knowing how to read. Information literacy involves taking information in while being aware of where the information comes from and how to contextualize and analyze it. Use the videos and websites at right to answer the quiz questions.
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1. According to the Eli Pariser video, which of these sites have incorporated or are starting to incorporate personalization, in the sense of determining what information you get to see based on your past behavior? *
Academic Search Complete
Yahoo! News
Washington Post Online
2. According to Dr.Giuntinti, Art Bulletin is a superior source to use for a paper because: *
Its contributors are experts and its articles have undergone rigorous peer review.
Everything from the resolution of its graphics to the weight of paper, choice of font and price of objects in ads is consistently high-quality.
It includes both art reproductions footnotes and cannot be purchased at a newsstand.
It is published in print and not online.
3. According to Dr.Giuntinti, you can use popular magazines like LA Weekly for your research paper, if your purpose is:
Finding art historians' analysis of how art fits into its social context
Finding examples of how art is marketed and received in current popular culture
Locating the latest academic findings on the theory of graphic design
All of the above
4. Visual clues that you are probably looking at a scholarly journal, rather than a popular magazine, include *
Articles written in a style easily understandable by non-specialists
An "abstract" and information on the academic credentials of the author(s)
Few illustrations other than information-intensive charts or diagrams
Explicit documentation of sources via footnotes, endnotes, bibliography etc.
5. What problems showed themselves when, a large and popular site that discusses common plotlines, motifs, character types used in modern fiction, removed all references to tropes involving rape in June 2012? *
The site got attacked by anonymous pornographers.
People who wanted to speak/write about how common rape themes are in pop culture no longer had access to a good-sized collection of data supporting their points.
A company as large as Google can exercise a surprisingly great influence over the content of websites.
Academic literary critics clamped down too much on content that seemed to be competing with their own scholarly analysis.
6. The "P" in the CRAAP test stands for Purpose/Objectivity. According to CRAAP, how should you approach bias in information sources? *
Look for it in ads that are not clearly separated from content.
Look for it in sites run by an organization whose mission/goals conflict with presenting the whole story on a subject.
Do not use sources that have a bias.
Be especially careful to find different sources to fill gaps or correct misimpressions caused by bias.

About the Links

The videos and websites linked above are examples of information literacy applied to everyday life, to published sources in a field of scholarship (art history), to fan-produced media about fiction, and to students evaluating information for papers.


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