Bay Area Community Colleges Information Competency Assessment Project
Information Competency Proficiency Exam
-- Part B: Performance Component

Directions  Type your responses into the boxes provided. You must keep this form open while taking the exam. Open a new browser window to use the Web as required by the exercises. When you are finished filling out this form, click on the Submit button at the bottom.

EXERCISE I
Your instructor has given you the broad subject civil rights in America and an assignment to write a 3-5 page research paper on some aspect of this subject.

Narrow this subject to a manageable topic for the assignment.

1. Write in your narrowed topic: (B.1.a)

In two or three sentences, describe in detail what you did to develop your narrowed topic. (B.1.b)


Next, take your narrowed topic and pose it as a research question that you could adequately address in this 3-5 page writing assignment.
2. Write in your research question: (B.2)

EXERCISE II
You've been given the assignment to write a 3-5 page research paper on the following question:

Should colleges be allowed to restrict student speech?

3. Write in the key concepts represented by the research question. Then write in synonyms or alternate terms for each concept that you would use in searching for information on this question.

Key concept (B.3.a.1) Key concept (B.3.b.1)
Key concept (B.3.c.1)
Synonym (B.3.a.2)

Synonym (B.3.b.2)

Synonym (B.3.c.2)
Synonym (B.3.a.3)

Synonym (B.3.b.3)

Synonym (B.3.c.3)

4. Identify three relevant sources for this research question:

  • one book
  • one periodical article
  • one Web site

Carefully select your sources based on standard evaluative criteria for college research papers.

For each source, you will

a) Write a complete bibliographic citation using a standard citation format
b) Describe how you found the source
c) Explain why you chose the source

Your responses will be scored partially on how specific they are, so notes may be useful.

What citation format will you be using (e.g., MLA, APA, CBE)? (B.4*)

Source 1
a. Write a complete bibliographic citation for the source using the citation format you noted above. Use an underscore ( _ ) before and after bibliographic elements that are underlined. (This Web exam does not allow you to indent.) (B.4.a.1)


b. How did you find this source? In two or three sentences, describe your steps, including the search tool(s) used and how you performed the search. (B.4.a.2)


c. Why did you choose this particular source (e.g., book, Web page, or article)? In two or three sentences, provide at least two reasons that explain why you selected this particular source. (B.4.a.3)

Source 2
a. Write a complete bibliographic citation for the source using the citation format you noted above. Use an underscore ( _ ) before and after bibliographic elements that are underlined. (This exam does not allow you to indent.) (B.4.b.1)


b. How did you find this source? In two or three sentences, describe your steps including the search tool(s) used and how you performed the search. (B.4.b.2)


c. Why did you choose this particular source (e.g., book, Web page, or article)? In two or three sentences, provide at least two reasons that explain why you selected this particular source. (B.4.b.3)

Source 3
a. Write a complete bibliographic citation for the source using the citation format you noted above. Use an underscore ( _ ) before and after bibliographic elements that are underlined. (This exam does not allow you to indent.) (B.4.c.1)


b. How did you find this source? In two or three sentences, describe your steps including the search tool(s) used and how you performed the search. (B.4.c.2)


c. Why did you choose this particular source (e.g., book, Web page, or article)? In two or three sentences, provide at least two reasons that explain why you selected this particular source. (B.4.c.3)

5. In addition to the three sources you've selected, describe in two or three sentences at least two additional research steps you might take to adequately address the research question. (B.5)

EXERCISE III
6. Imagine that you are researching melatonin for a health science research paper. You have found the three Web pages listed below.

  • Visit each one.
  • Then, pick two of them.
  • In two or three sentences, explain why you would or would not use these sites for your paper, based on several standard evaluative criteria. Be as specific as possible.

URL http://www.priory.com/mel.htm

URL http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1998/498_sleep.html

URL http://www.aafp.org/afp/971001ap/cupp.html

Evaluation of site 1 (B.6.a)
URL of the Web site:

Evaluation of site 2 (B.6.b)
URL of the Web site:

7. Using information found at http://www.aafp.org/afp/971001ap/cupp.html, describe the uses of melatonin in your own words. (B.7)


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