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IC stands for information competency, which is the ability to recognize what type of information is needed, locate that information, evaluate it and use it effectively.  Click here for more information

The Library IC exercise is given below.  Make sure that you read the questions closely, understand what is being asked and answer all parts of the question. Good Luck!!



INFORMATION COMPETENCY EXERCISE for the Natural Sciences (featuring questions from Chemistry, Geology, and Physics): Each question worth 10 points.  Some questions have 2 parts (each worth 5 pts.).

Student Name:

1.   My physics professor wants me to read a particular peer-reviewed journal article on aviation and physics.  The article has something to do with “atmospheric turbulence,” was published in 2009, and I think he said he saw it in GALILEO’s Research Library database.  Anyway, I have to read the article and tell him what “EDR” means.

2.   Does the GHC Library own a copy of the book, “Chemistry of the f-block elements,” by Helen C. Aspinall?  If not, which libraries in the University System do have it?

3.   Using the Science and Technology Collection database in GALILEO, find an article entitled “Research and Development of Compact Neutron Sources Based on Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion.”  In the article, the research team discusses the reason why they were unable to perform the Doppler shift measurements for the beam-injection mode at a lower pressure.  What is the reason?

4.   Using the National Science Digital Library database in GALILEO, perform a search using the term, “thermodynamics.” When the search results come up go to page 5 of the results and click on the link that contains the terms “Computer Animations” and “Thermodynamics”.  Find the diagram entitled “Separation of Isotopes by Method of Isothermal Effusion.”  Why do the light particles collide with the walls of the diagram 5 times more often than the heavy particles?

5.   Using the Facts on File: Today’s Science database in GALILEO, go to the Earth Science subject index and look for articles on the weather pattern known as El Nino.  Give an example of how to properly cite the article entitled “El Nino Ready to Rear Its Ugly Head Again?,”  by using the APA format.

6.   I need to look for an article from the American Mathematical Monthly that was published in the year, 1914, entitled “A Note on Plane Kinematics.”  What is the best GALILEO database that I can access for finding old articles like this one?  Secondly, who are the authors of this particular article?

7.   How many libraries, world-wide, own a copy of the Latin version of the book, “Marginalia in Newtoni “Principia mathematica,” which was first published in 1687? Just use the number given on the first item on the results list.

8.   Find the link entitled “Research Guides” on the GHC Library home page, and then find the research guide for Astronomy.  What is the name of the web site on the Astronomy page that contains lunar information?  Secondly, in the Cyclopedia Selenica section on “blue moons,” what is the best known physical definition of a blue moon?

9.   Does the GHC Library own a copy of “A briefer history of time,” by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow?  Secondly, what is the call number for this particular book?

10.   Using the GALILEO database, A to Z Maps Online, find a geology map of the United States, click on the area where the Snake River Plain is located, and give the name of the lava that flowed through this southern Idaho region some 2,000 years ago.



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