BIT 1111,KCA 101,BAC 1106 INFORMATION LITERACY. KCA Past Paper

UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2016/2017
ORDINARY EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF
SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY/ BACHELOR OF
BUSINESS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
BIT 1111,KCA 101,BAC 1106 INFORMATION LITERACY
FULLTIME/PART TIME/DISTANCE LEARNING
DATE: AUGUST, 2017 TIME: 2 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question One & ANY OTHER TWO questions.

QUESTION ONE
a) It has been argued that knowing when to reference is as important as knowing how to
reference because of the importance of the practice in academic writing. Identify four
reasons why referencing is required. (4 Marks).
b) As a way of acknowledging sources of information in academics, one will be required to
prepare citations and references or bibliography. Define citations and differentiate
references and bibliography (4 Marks).
c) Discuss plagiarism as an academic vice and suggest three ways to avoid plagiarism.
(7 Marks).
QUESTION TWO
a) The following small illustration was picked from a journal article by Xiaolu Hu, Zhang Yi
and Luping Ji on page 23. You are required to use the extract to construct a direct citation
and a paraphrased citation. (4 Marks)

b) Using the above extract, prepare the reference entry for the journal using the APA
referencing style. (6 Marks)
QUESTION THREE
What is your understanding on information searching? With illustrations where applicable,
discuss the use of Boolean operators and truncation as search strategies that can be applied in
academics. (10 Marks)
QUESTION FOUR
a) A KCA University student has access to world-class information databases that can be
accessible while on campus or off campus. Describe the procedure for accessing such
databases while off campus and list four of those databases. (5 Marks)
b) Explain the criteria used to evaluate sources of information. (5 Marks)
QUESTION FIVE
Define information literacy and discuss how being an information illiterate student could boost
your performance as a university student. (10 Marks)

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