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  1. What types of documents are considered primary sources?

    A. Raw data, diaries, letters, manuscripts, and original accounts.
    B. Academic journal articles and books published by scholars.
    C. Books primarily concerned with the creative process.
    D. Materials in languages other than English.

  2. Which of the following is a primary source?

    A.Lewis and Clark, partners in discovery by John Edwin Bakeless
    B.The Way to the Western Sea : Lewis and Clark across the continent by David Lavender
    The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis
    C."Beyond the Shining Mountains : The Lewis and Clark expedition as an enlightenment epic" by John D.Seele in the Virginia Quarterly Review.

  3. Which of these sources most likely contains outdated information?

    A.The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees, volume 2, published in 1980.
    Computer-Based Instruction: A state of the art assessment, published in 1981.
    C.The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1980.
    D.The Diaries of George Washington, published in 1976.

  4. Which of the following is probably the most reliable source for health information?

    A."Wake up and drink the coffee! It's good for your health," in the National Enquirer, a tabloid newspaper.
    B."Coffee and heart health," in the Coffee Science Source, a web site by the National Coffee Association, a trade organization.
    C."Coffee consumption and coronary heart disease in women: a ten-year follow-up," an article on the D.American Medical Association web site.
    E.B and C are equally reliable.

  5. What would a careful researcher ask about a web site called "Facts About Pesticides and Health" published by the Coalition for a Chemical-Free Environment?

    A. Is this information being used to advocate a point of view?
    Has important information been excluded?
    Are sources cited so that factual information can be verified?
    All of the above are important questions.

  6. The National Gun Association has published an Internet document titled " America 's Failed Criminal Justice System." Which is the most legitimate concern about this document?

    A. It probably strongly advocates a point of view and does not present alternative interpretations.
    It probably does not have any statistics in it and, as a result, is false.
    It probably limits its coverage geographically to only one state.
    It probably does not present people in a positive light, damaging their self-esteem.

  7. Which is true? Choose the best answer.

    A.Normally paper documents contain true information, while Internet documents are usually false.
    Copyright laws do not apply to the Internet, so copying from it is not considered plagiarism.
    Internet and paper documents should both be examined for accuracy, timeliness, relevance, purpose, and authority.
    All of the above are accurate.

  8. Which of the following is most certainly abridged?

    A.The Life of James Abram Garfield, late president of the United States .
    The Reader's Digest Bible: Condensed from the revised standard version
    Newsweek, volume 133, number 19
    "Hills like white elephants," in The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

  9. Which of the following will probably contain the most objective data?

    A. A report with charts documenting hourly wage rates by occupational group.
    A memoir about working in a coal mine
    An editorial in the Bakersfield Californian
    A letter rebutting an article in a medical journal.

  10. Which is typically true about encyclopedias as research tools?

    A.Entries are usually too general for college level research.
    Entries are not from an authoritative source.
    Entries are often limited to a single geographic location.
    Entries are often full of falsehoods and inconsistencies.

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