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DATABASE SEARCHING QUIZ

Last 4 digits of your SSN:_____________

Circle one: Male Female

Year: (circle one) Fr So Jr Sr Grad

Please estimate the total number of hours you have ever spent searching databases of the type discussed in the instructions. Circle one:

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Are you a 'technophobe' or a computer 'hacker'? Please describe briefly how you fit (or not) in the computer environment. (More space in the back.)

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First, briefly examine the 10 questions in this quiz exercise. Then please indicate below how confident you are that you will be able to answer them. Please fill-in both columns:

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When you have filled-in both columns above, you are ready to begin. Since your time is limited, you have to work fast to be sure to answer all 10 questions. First, read and study the accompanying instructions, then try one of the quiz questions (you may answer them in any order). You are encouraged to consult the instructions at any time to find the answer to a question. Please note that the descriptions you are asked to write down for each of your answers is as important to us as the answers themselves, so we hope you'll devote an equal amount of time to them. Thank you for your cooperation and have a good time!

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Please write down the current time here: _______

Question 1: Circle A or B to indicate which search statement will probably give you a greater number of relevant articles on the topic of "the effect of child abuse on the child's antisocial behavior."

A: (child OR children) AND (abuse OR abused)

AND antisocial behavior

B: (child AND children) AND (abuse AND abused)

AND antisocial behavior

Please explain briefly the reasons behind your choice.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Question 2: Circle the concept(s) that may be absent in some of the articles retrieved by this search statement.

(aggression or violence) AND traffic accidents

Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Question 3: In the following search statement, will the concept hard-driving be eliminated from all or only some of the articles retrieved?

Circle: ALL or SOME

driving behavior NOT (Type A behavior OR hard-driving)

AND (alcohol OR drugs)

Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Question 4: If you want articles on "drunk driving", would this search statement be effective?

Circle: YES or NO

driving OR accidents OR safety OR alcohol

Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Question 5: Examine this search statement and describe the topic it is on.

(traffic accidents OR highway accidents)

NOT alcohol NOT risk-taking

Topic: _____________________________________________________

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Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use

the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Once again, please write down the current time here: _______

Question 6: Write a search statement for a search that will find you articles on "the types of people who park illegally in parking spaces reserved for the handicapped." You may use the back of this page to figure out your answer, then write it below.

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Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Question 7: Write a search statement for a search that will give you articles on "what has been done on the control of rust and mildew on wheat and barley." You may use the back of this page to figure out your answer, then write it below.

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Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Question 8: Write a search statement for a search that will give you articles on "comprehension and understanding, as they relate to problem solving." You may use the back of this page to figure out your answer, then write it below.

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Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Question 9: Write a search statement for a search that will give you articles on "studies that have been done on the role of alcohol or drugs in moving car collisions on public roadways in the United States and elsewhere." You may use the back of this page to figure out your answer, then write it below.

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Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Question 10: Write a search statement for a search that will give you articles on "the dangers and risks of caffeine and caffeine products to pregnant women." You may use the back of this page to figure out your answer, then write it below.

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Please explain below the reasons behind your choice. You may use

the back of the page if you need more space.

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What percent confidence do you have in your answer? _____%

Please describe any positive or negative feelings, problems or concerns you have about your answer, including things you were trying to avoid.

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Once again, please write down the current time here: _______

Congratulations for finishing the quiz. Please answer the following: If you had to actually perform these 10 searches today, how confident are you that you would perform them adequately? Please fill-in both columns.

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Please rate the Instructions for Database Searching as to how helpful and understandable they are to you:

Not at all Very

helpful ____; ____; ____; ____; ____; ____; ____ helpful

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No fun at all ____; ____; ____; ____; ____; ____; ____ A lot of fun

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Not at all Very easy to

understandable ____; ____; ____; ____; ____; ____; ____ understand

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Not at all Very

clear ____; ____; ____; ____; ____; ____; ____ clear

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Thank you once again. Please review this booklet to make sure you have answered all of the questions, and filled in all of the explanations.

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