Use this exercise to practice your skills and to learn what to expect on the Information Literacy component of the CIL exam. The format of this exercise and the types of skills you'll be asked to demonstrate are very similar to the exam. Use the detailed scoring rubric to see how points are assigned for each task and question you'll be asked to complete.
- During the exam, you'll be given a printed set of instructions. Above, we've provided a sample that you can print out. Use the checkboxes to help you remember to answer each question.
- Always take the time to read through the instructions before you begin. Doing so can save you time and prevent you from making some mistakes.
- This exercise is not timed. When you take this component of the CIL exam, you will be given 2 hours to finish. You may want to time yourself as you do this exercise to find out if you can complete it within 2 hours.
- During the exam, complete as many of the listed questions as you can. If you can't complete a question, skip it and move on to the next one. If time permits, return to uncompleted questions later.
- During the exam, you will be allowed to use your browser program's help menus, but you will not be permitted to get assistance from another person in completing the exam.
You have been asked to write a report to give an overview of the history of Hansen's disease (also known as leprosy) in Hawaii from the time of its introduction to the islands to the present day. Your report will be graded in part on the quality of your information sources and on the accurate citing of those sources.
Using a web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, or Netscape Navigator), briefly look at each of the following online information sources. (each link will open in a new window):
Which of these is the best source for historical information on Hansen's disease in Hawaii? (Circle the letter of your choice)
Why is this best source? Explain your choice, and refer to at least two different criteria you used as the basis of your decision.
Go to this Web site: http://www.vaclib.org/email/leprosy.htm
Rate the credibility of this website. In other words, how credible is this website as a source of information about leprosy? (circle one)
(Note: You may find it helpful to explore this website beyond this page in order to make your evaluation.)
Highly Credible | Somewhat Credible | Not Very Credible
Explain how you came to this conclusion. Discuss at least two different criteria you used in making your evaluation about the credibility of this website as an information source.
Suppose that you found an interesting passage from a newspaper article that was published in 1897. Because the passage reflects beliefs about leprosy that were common in the late nineteenth century but are now known to be untrue, you could quote a sentence from the article to illustrate how such beliefs have changed.
Defend your answer:
For your report, you'll need accurate statistics about the number of people in Hawaii were afflicted with leprosy during the last decade or so.
Read through the following approaches and choose the one you believe is the one most likely to get you the needed information: (Select one)
Explain why this approach is better than the others.
Say you wanted to find magazine articles that talked about using the drug thalidomide to treat leprosy, but you'd like to avoid articles that mention thalidomide's well-known role in causing birth defects. Which one of the following search strings is most likely to find articles you want?
a. leprosy AND thalidomide
Leprosy is also known as Hansen's Disease. When looking for information on the condition, searching for both names will help ensure you don't miss anything. Write out a single search string to use in a magazine journal database that would find articles using either of the terms:
Imagine that you wanted to find a newspaper article published in the Honolulu Advertiser or Honolulu Star Bulletin since 1995 about the residents of Kalaupapa.
Which of information resources listed on the Windward Community College Library Web site (http://library.wcc.hawaii.edu) would be the most logical to use for your search?
(Note: just write the name of the information resource you would choose.)
Use the Hawaii Voyager Catalog available from the Windward Community College Library website at http://library.wcc.hawaii.edu to find information on any video recording about Father Damien that's owned by Windward Community College.
Print a page that shows the title of one of the videos.
Your Using Ebsco's Academic Search Premier database accessible through Windward Community College Library Web site at http://library.wcc.hawaii.edu, find a peer reviewed journal article that discusses a possible leprosy vaccine during any time period.
Print out a citation to the article or the first page of the article.
|Primary vs Secondary Sources|
Identify each item below as a Primary or Secondary source by circling “P” for primary or “S” for secondary:
Describe a key characteristic that distinguishes a primary source from a secondary source.
|Parts of the URL and Identifying Websites|
Each part of a URL has a name. Identify each part of the URL http://www.who.int/lep/lessons.htm by writing each part's letter next to the name below. The first one is already done for you.
|17.||Go to this Web site: http://www.who.int/lep/
What is the full name (not abbreviation) of the agency directly responsible for this particular webpage on leprosy?
|18.||What is the full name (not abbreviation) of this agency's parent or sponsoring organization (in other words, what larger organization is this one part of, or what organization is it supported by)?
Does this organization and its sponsoring organization have the authority or expertise to write about the subject of leprosy?
Defend your answer:
Match the description of each fictional website with the extension most likely to appear at the end of its URL.
Congratulations! You're finished with the exercise.