Take the quiz to test your understanding of the key concepts covered in the chapter. Try testing yourself before you read the chapter to see where your strengths and weaknesses are, then test yourself again once you’ve read the chapter to see how well you’ve understood.

1. Which of the following do we recommend as ways to build your general knowledge of a topic area?

A   Read a good recent textbook chapter

B   Look for press cuttings and in Wikipedia

C   Find a range of general publications on the topic

D   Answers A and C

Answer: D

2. Which of the following are relevant databases for most health topics


B   Medline

C   Web of Science

D   Answers A and B and C

Answer: D

3. Which of the following is the sequence in which you should search for Literature?

A   Limit dates of papers; print out full text papers; read abstracts; enter search terms

B   Print out papers; read abstracts; limit dates; think of search terms

C   Think of search terms; enter terms into database; limit dates of papers; read abstracts; print out full                   text papers

D   None of the aboveSection content

Answer: C

4. Which of the following are good ways to help you improve your use of the literature?

A  Keep a research notebook

B  Sort your references and add to a spreadsheet/database/reference manager

C  Concentrate on collecting papers that are free

D  A and B

Answer: D

5. When using internet search engines:

A  Engines such as Yahoo and Google are much more efficient and effective than databases such as                   CINAHL

B  Web addresses ending in .ac.uk, or .edu are generally bona fide academic sources

C  Wiki entries are more up to date and accurate than journal articles

D  None of the above

Answer: D

6. Which of the following steps are likely to help you avoid accidental plagiarism?

A  Cut and paste accurately from published works

B  Make superficial changes to the words used in published papers

C  Make notes in your own words

D  Answers A and B

Answer: C

7. What do you need to be able to provide in order for your research to pass the ‘so what?’ test?

A  Reasons why the research is important

B  Implications of answering the research question

C  Proof that no-one has ever conducted a similar study

D  Answers A and B    

Answer: D

8.  Which of the following may be misplaced criticisms of published work?

A  Criticising work without considering the date when it was published

B  Criticising work on the basis that the sample was not truly random

C  Criticising studies for their small sample size without considering the difficulty of accessing the population

D   All of the above

Answer: D