(i) Book Lending
The number of books a user is allowed to borrow:
a) Undergraduate students – 1 book for one day/ 1 short loan book for one hour.
b) Postgraduate students – 1 book for one day/ 1 short loan book for one hour.
c) Full-time lecturers – 1 book for three days / 1 short loan book for one hour.
d) Part-time lecturers- Should borrow books through the coordinator.
The Librarian may recall, withhold or restrict the circulation of any information resource in the library. Reserved/Short loan resources may be borrowed for use in the library for a maximum of 1 hour and may be renewed. All materials on loan must be returned on or before the time/date due. A book will be assumed lost after the third reminder and shall therefore be paid for. Materials declared lost and charged for will only be accepted back at the convenience of the library. Due date will lose their membership privileges. Borrowers are held responsible for any damage or loss of information materials‚ and should inspect them before borrowing.
(ii) Reference & Information Services,
These are information materials that support the teaching and research programs by providing and facilitating access to information, regardless of format or physical location of the resources. These include:
- Magazines (Times, Parents, Economist, One Magazine, Youth and Success)
- Newspapers (Daily Nation, Standard, The Star, Business Daily, East African)
(iii) Internet Access- The Campus Library provides internet access to all registered students. The students are free to use both the Local Area Network and the Wi-fi connectivity.
(iv) Information Literacy/ Library Instruction,
The Library conducts continuous education by providing continuous training on Information Literacy Skills for all users. This engages the users in learning: Information Literacy Skills; how to access the print and e-resources availed by the library.
The library has a collection of CD-ROMs in various fields such as Management, Law, Languages, Environment, Business and Information Technology for use by students. Student is required to access the CD-ROMs within the Library since they may not be issued out.
Interlibrary Loan services
The library allows users to make requests for information materials, in cases where a desired material is not available, request is made from the main institution and the material made available to the user, and thereafter the library arranges for its return.
The library offers assistance to those doing research. The library provides the reference materials to students conducting research whenever need arises. The students may download the graduate school guidelines and the APA referencing style.
Why reference your work
There are quite a number of reasons why referencing is important, below are some of the reasons as to why we advise users to reference their work:
- To validate what you are writing, by referring to documented evidence. Published work for instance can be used to support your argument and add credibility to your writing.
- To integrate information by assessing, comparing, contrasting or evaluating it, to show understanding.
- To cite different points of view.
- To enable readers to consult the original source independently, for instance, or instance the interpretation you give may be different from the one intended
- To inform readers of the scope and depth of your reading.
- To avoid plagiarism.
- To emphasize a position that you agree or disagree with.
- To highlight a pertinent point by quoting the original
- To refer to other research that leads up to your study.
How to reference your work
Reference Styles. There are different types of referencing styles that can be used in your work: a footnote style, a numbered style or an author-date style. You may be asked to just use an author-date style or you may be told to use an exact style, for example, the APA -( Click here to access the APA style)
Academic Integrity-This is the attitude of approaching your academic work honestly, by completing your own original work, attributing and acknowledging your sources when necessary and not relying on dishonest means to gain advantage. Plagiarism and cheating reduces the value of the work you hand in for assessment and the value of your time spent at university.
This refers to presenting as new and original an idea, writing or invention derived from an existing source without acknowledgement. This is considered as a very serious offence.
How to avoid plagiarism
- Paraphrase– So you have found information that is perfect for your research paper. Read it and put it into your own words. Make sure that you do not copy verbatim more than two words in a row from the text you have found. If you do use more than two words together, you will have to use quotation marks. We will get into quoting properly soon.
- Cite– Citing is one of the effective ways to avoid plagiarism. Follow the document formatting guidelines (i.e. APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) used by your educational institution or the institution that issued the research request. This usually entails the addition of the author(s) and the date of the publication or similar information. Citing is really that simple. Not citing properly can constitute plagiarism.
- Quoting– When quoting a source, use the quote exactly the way it appears. No one wants to be misquoted. Most institutions of higher learning frown on “block quotes” or quotes of 40 words or more. A scholar should be able to effectively paraphrase most material. This process takes time, but the effort pays off! Quoting must be done correctly to avoid plagiarism allegations.
- Citing Quotes– Citing a quote can be different than citing paraphrased material. This practice usually involves the addition of a page number, or a paragraph number in the case of web content.
- Citing Your Own Material– If some of the material you are using for your research paper was used by you in your current class, a previous one, or anywhere else you must cite yourself. Treat the text the same as you would if someone else wrote it. It may sound odd, but using material you have used before is called self-plagiarism, and it is not acceptable.
- Referencing– One of the most important ways to avoid plagiarism is including a reference page or page of works cited at the end of your research paper. Again, this page must meet the document formatting guidelines used by your educational institution. This information is very specific and includes the author(s), date of publication, title, and source. Follow the directions for this page carefully. You will want to get the references right.
The library provides photocopying services. The service is currently limited to offering administrative services to staff members but in future we wish to extend the services to our esteemed users.