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Information Resources

The competencies and skills required for the Information Resources Test are as follows:

  1. Correctly identify the information resources available to the USU campus community through the library, such as journals, books, encyclopedias, etc.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods and tools used in searching for information provided by the library.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret a citation to determine the title, author, and type of resource the citation refers to.
  4. Execute searches using the library online catalog to find library holdings.
  5. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the history of the internet and the technologies we use today, including search engines, using a web browser, sending and receiving email, etc.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods and tools used in searching for information on the internet.
  7. Execute searches to find answers to questions using an internet search engine, including the evaluation of the quality of information on Web sites (i.e. compare conflicting sites, assess a site's legitimacy, identify bias in site content).
  8. Send and receive an email attachment.

The Information Resources exam is a multiple choice, multiple answer, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank test with some additional tasks to perform. The results of the tasks are pasted into a text box in the testing software. Most of the questions on the test are graded immediately by the computer, but the tasks of looking up information on the internet and library catalog and of receiving and sending an email attachment are graded separately. Don't get too worried about seeing that you got something like 30% when you hit the Finish button. Another 50% of the score will be graded and a final score sent to your email account.

The Information Resources exam is a little different than it has been in the past, and the conceptual portion of the test is not easily passed without reviewing the Information Resources Tutorial. A print-friendly version of the tutorial is also available.

You may also wish to review the Library's Guide to Library Research, which will provide more in-depth coverage for all your library searching needs. Much of the information in the Library Resources, Citations, and Searching the Catalog sections of the CIL tutorial was adapted from this online guide.

When you are ready to take the Information Resources exam, please let the consultant know and he/she will unlock the test for you after you have shown your USU ID. One question is displayed at a time. Answer the question and click NEXT to proceed to the next question.

When you are finished answering all the questions, click EXIT TEST. Your partial score will be displayed immediately and a final score will be emailed within one school day of you taking the test. You will need to score 70% or higher to pass this exam. If you passed, congratulations! If not, you may want to study the tutorial and try again.