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Research Online: A Practical Guide 
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Intro | Web Basics | Searching | Links | Citing Sources | Conclusion

Searching Smarter
Web Research Tips
Research Tools

Searching Smarter Quiz #2


Choose the single best answer for each of the following ten questions, then check your answers at the bottom of the page.

1.You can optimize your search results on the Web by
trying the same search on several different search engines
sticking to your topic and resisting distractions
becoming familiar with and using relevant "subject supersites"
all of the above
2.   To search many of the popular search engines simultaneously, use
a bookmark
a metasearch engine
email
a newsgroup
3.   What are the three main search expressions, or "operators," recognized by Boolean logic?
AND, OR, BUT
AND, IF, SO
AND, OR, NOT
THIS, THAT, THE OTHER
4.   Which is the best tool for finding hand-picked, or "good" sites?
subject directories
keyword search engines
metasearch engines
discussion groups
5.   You are searching for Web documents about the United Nations. Which search query would require your terms to appear in your documents in the order you enter them?
United AND Nations
United Nations
United OR Nations
"United Nations"
6.   You are searching for documents about impeachment from a historical perspective. You want to exclude articles about the impeachment of President Clinton. Which search query is best?
impeachment EXCEPT Clinton
impeachment AND history
impeachment NOT Clinton
impeachment BUT FOR Clinton
7.   If you want information or discussion about a topic delivered regularly to your email box, use
a directory
a Listserv
a search engine
a supersite
8.   When searching for a very specific piece of information, the best place to start is
a directory
a Listserv
a search engine
email
9.   To read the decision on historic Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, the best resource to choose would most likely be
Yahoo
Supreme Court Decisions Collection
Infoseek
The Federal Web Locator
10.   To ask a specific question of an author or expert, the best resource is
email
a directory
a search engine
a metasearch engine

 

 



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