UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2018/2019
EXAMINATION FOR DEGREE IN BACHELOR OF IT, BBIT, BAC, BSD
BIT1111 KCA001 BAC1106 INFORMATION LITERACY
FULL TIME/PART TIME/DISTANCE LEARNING
DATE: APRIL, 2019 TIME: 1 HOUR
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question One and Any Other Two Questions
QUESTION ONE (15 MARKS)
(a) Discuss the role of planning when undertaking an academic information task (5 Marks)
(b) Define plagiarism and briefly discuss two common plagiarism types among University
students. (5 Marks)
(c) Consider the bibliographic details of the journal article below and compile the reference entry
using the APA style. (5 Marks)
Author: Bibiana W. Mungai and Hannah Orwa Bula
Title: Turnaround strategies and performance of Kenya Airways.
Name of Journal: The University Journal.
Vol. 1, No.2, 2018
QUESTION TWO (10 MARKS)
(a) What is your understanding of Journals and magazines? Compare Journals and
magazines as sources of information for academics. (5 Marks)
(b) Briefly discuss the criteria for evaluating sources of information in academics.
QUESTION THREE (10 MARKS)
Mark Mua was the best student during last year’s KCSE exams and as a result was awarded a
scholarship to study for a BSc in Aeronautics at the University of Greenland. He has approached
you as an information literate person to help him identify relevant information that will help him
make an informed decision on whether to take up the scholarship. Giving convincing reasons for
each choice, identify five reference sources of information that you would advise Mark to use.
QUESTION FOUR (10 MARKS)
a) Though very popular with most of the University students, the free web as a source of
information for academics is not as good as the library sources. Discuss.
b) What is OPAC? Discuss briefly four uses of OPAC. (5 Marks)
QUESTION FIVE (10 MARKS)
Discuss ways of avoiding plagiarism when synthesizing academic products.