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Information Literacy History: Answers

Question 1 + answer

The Groningen historian Joop Koopmans has written a new article on slander and ridicule in the Republic in early modern times. He is talking about it in a television show called De Wereld draait door.

Is this an example of academic communication or of science communication?


The correct answer is: science communication.

It is science communication; communication aimed at the general public, using everyday vocabulary. This distinguishes it from academic communication which uses jargon, a specialised scientific vocabulary used only among fellow- scientists.

Question 2 + answer

You are looking for in-depth academic information. What type of literature do you choose?

1. A handbook

2. A newspaper

3. A monograph



The correct answer is 3: a monograph.

Question 3 and answer

What is not a characteristic of a scholarly journal?

  • contains articles of 10 - 20 pages long
  • uses popularized academic style and vocabulary
  • often contains news about scientific societies
  • contains socalled 'reviews' of scholarly publications

The correct answer:

Writing, using a popularized academic style and vocabulary, is not a characteristic of a scholarly journal. This type of journal uses scientific jargon, aimed at insiders; other scientists who are familiar with the subject field.