Mar. 22, 2012

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Mar. 22, 2012

How much do you know about web literacy?

Take the following quiz to see if you are:

Somewhat Savvy (0-5 points)
Moderately Savvy (6-10 points)
Downright Nerdy (10+ points)

1. List 4 major search engines and a major directory.

2. What is a blog?

3. Why might you use quotation marks when conducting a search?

4. URL is an acronym for…

5. Identify three Boolean search terms.

6. How do you find the owner or publisher of a website?

7. Identify these extensions and what they represent:
.org     .com     .sch     .k12     .edu     .gov     .ac     .net     .mil     .co

8. How do you find out who is linked to your school’s website?

9. What clues in a Web address might indicate you are on a personal website?

10. How would you conduct a search for the following: a list of Web sites of all the academic institutions in South Africa? (Hint: South Africa’s country code is .za)

11. How do you find the history of any given website?

12. How would you conduct a search for the following: US higher education websites that contain the word turtle?

13. How do sites get to the top of a result list in Google?

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6 Responses to “1 Web Literacy Quiz”

  1. Matthew says:

    I’m not sure there is enough distinction any more between search engines and search directories as they tend to overlap. Really all we are interested in is where do you look to find what you need to know. It may be more revealing to understand the difference between a search site and a web browser. The distinction between the two has important implications in how you view and interact with Internet content, but most people think their browser is a search site like Google, or Bing.


    I agree with you Matthew, Blogs is another source you have available to contact fellow colleagues and share ideas therefore blogs helps in garhering details and ideas, hence we are studying business communication where informations are shared and posted. Messages are then delivered as communication.

  3. Belinda Doyle says:

    Fabulous.I will be asking my students to attempt this questionnaire work.Belinda

  4. Rosa Walden says:

    The question related to domain extensions (Q6) and related search questions is not entirely accurate. A number of extensions identified as USA only are in fact widely used in other countries. E.g. .edu and .gov. As far as I can see .ac is used only as a country extension.
    Thanks for the Quiz it has some great discussion/investigation starters in it.
    Best wishes

  5. Judy Cornelius says:

    This clever assessment really made me think about how much I expect of others, that I, myself may not have mastered. It’s a very good reminder.

  6. tori says:

    1. Google, yahoo, bing, ask
    2. a regularly updated website or web page
    3. It searches for those exact words together instead of having them split up in a search.
    4. Uniform Resource Locator. “Web address”
    5. And, or, not
    6. Doing a “WHOIS” domain check can tell you who the website is registered to.
    7. .org – organization, .com – company, .sch – school (used outside of US), .k12 – most US school sites, .edu – US higher ed, .gov – US government (add country code for outside US), .ac – higher ed outside of US usually used with country code, example, “” , .net – network, .mil – US military, .co – Company
    8. Go to Alta Vista: and do a link: command search. In the search box type link:your school’s address.
    9. Look for a tilde “~” or the “%” sign or a personal name “jdoe” or the word “user” after the domain name and the first forward slash “/”
    10. Go to Alta Vista: and type in the search box
    11. Use the Wayback Machine. Go to and type the URL of the web site you would like to research into the search box.
    12. Go to Alta Vista: and type “host:edu + turtle” in the search box.
    13. One factor Google uses to rank sites is popularity. It counts the number of links from sites all around the Web. For example, if a large number of sites has a specific keyword somewhere on their Web site along with a link to a particular site, Google counts the number of times the keyword appears along with the number of links to a particular site. The higher number of links to a site, the higher Google will rank that site on a list of results. There are several additional factors as well, including but not limited to the title of the site, the site’s meta information and the actual content of the site.

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