Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 20 Quiz

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  1. Explain what a Boolean search is and why it is useful.

  2. Explain why it is important to first develop an overall information-search strategy before you look for books, articles, reports, and other specific materials.

  3. Describe what you might find at a guide site on the Internet and why such a website would be useful in an information search.

  4. Explain why it is important to carefully evaluate information resources you find on the Internet.

  5. Describe the typical periodical index and explain what it helps you find.

  6. Explain what government documents are and why you should check them in an information search for a technical report.

  7. Regardless of the resources you search, you use certain kinds of words to find books, articles, and reports. State the two names used in Chapter 20 for those words, and provide several examples.

  8. Explain why you should not limit your information search to the Internet.

  9. Explain how a reference work like Thomas Register of American Manufacturers can help in an information search.

  10. Describe some nonprint, nonlibrary information sources that might be useful in an information search for a technical report.

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