Referencing Tools

The Library conducts training sessions in Information Literacy Skills for its users. This session engages the users in learning: Information Literacy Skills, how to access the print and e-resources availed by the library, referencing methods using reference management tools and academic integrity for instance use of anti-plagiarism software for effective academic writing. This program is provided in the following ways;

  1. collaboration with communication skills lecturer,
  2. organized students training,
  3. print and electronic guides
  4. use of web bulletins

The program is taught by a librarian and assistant librarians using Embu University College Information literacy curriculum.


Plagiarism is defined as the act of presenting other people's ideas, works or statement as their own in an academic perspective. It happens with students, researchers and other scholars when they present research reports, assignments, and papers as their own when it is not the case.

Temptation to plagiarism

There is great temptation to copy paste other people's works due to:-

  • Availability of easy to use word processing software e.g Microsoft word
  • Access to internet and availability to electronic information i.e google resources, e-books, and e-journals.
  • Improved technology, scanners, copiers and digital cameras.

Failure to acknowledge sources of information appropriately amounts to plagiarism.