BIT 1111 KCAU 001 INFORMATION LITERACY KCA Past Paper

UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2012/2013
EXAMINATION FOR DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF COMMERCE & BACHELOR
OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
BIT 1111 KCAU 001 INFORMATION LITERACY (DAY AND EVENING)
DATE: DECEMBER 2012 TIME: 1 HOUR
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question ONE and any other TWO Questions

QUESTION ONE (15 MARKS)
When you write an essay assignment or research project at the university, you are required to
refer to the work of other author(s). Each time you do so, it is necessary to identify their work
by making reference to it— both in the text and in a list called reference at the end of your
work. You can either use American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard referencing
style. The following bibliographic details are for the journal article and a print book that you
used:
Journal Article:
Title: Organizing moves in software support hot lines
Author: Brian T. Pentland, University of California, Los Angeles
Source: Administrative Science Quarterely, Vol.37, No.4 (Dec.1992), pp.527-548
Print Book:
Accounting information systems, Tenth edition, by George H. Bodner and William S.
Hopwood.
Copyright©2010 Pearson Education, Boston
Required
a) Formulate a sentence with paraphrased in text citation from the journal article above
using the APA style. (2 Marks)
b) Formulate a sentence with paraphrased in text citation from the print book above using
the APA style. (2 Marks)
c) Compile the references that shall come at the end of your essay assignment or research
project for the journal article using the APA style. (6 marks)
d) Compile the references that shall come at the end of your essay assignment or research
project for the print book using the APA style. (5 Marks)
QUESTION TWO (10 MARKS)
a) With relevant examples, explain five reasons why information literacy is important in
university education as well as in the workplace. (5 Marks)
b) When you want to locate a specific book that you need to borrow from the library
collections, the OPAC is recommended as the first point of reference. Briefly outline the
purpose of library catalogue. (5 Marks)
QUESTION THREE (10 MARKS)
a) The university is preparing to launch new curriculums at postgraduate level in the school
of business and faculty of computing and information management. As one of the newly
recruited graduate assistant lecturer, you have been tasked to recommend six (6)
electronic databases subscribed by the university library that may be used for effective
teaching, learning and research. Identify the databases you would list giving a brief
explanation for your choice for each database. (6 Marks)
b) Explain in detail the difference between paraphrasing and direct quotation as used in
academic writings
(4 Marks)
QUESTION FOUR (10 MARKS)
(a) Explain clearly the criteria used to evaluate the quality of information retrieved for
academic purposes. (6 Marks)
(b) Using relevant examples, distinguish between abstract and full text journals. (4 Marks)
QUESTION FIVE (10 MARKS)
Giving appropriate examples, briefly explain the importance of being knowledgeable on the
following topics when you have an information task.
i) Selecting relevant Information
ii) Accessing electronic journals
iii) Location of information
iv) Formulating an effective search strategy
v) Subject Encyclopedias
(10 Marks)

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