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Date of this Version

12-11-2019

Citation

Ebijuwa, Adefunke, Sarah and Mabawonku, Iyabo, " Demographic Variables and Academic Discipline as Determinants of Undergraduates’ Use of Electronic Library Resources in Federal universities in South-west, Nigeria” (2018). Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal).

Abstract

Undergraduates use electronic library resources for academic activities because it offers access to relevant and current information from different subject areas. Literature review indicated that undergraduates’ use of electronic library resources is low in Nigeria owing to a number of factors that are largely attributed to user’s attitude, computer literacy and information retrieval skills, but, little attention was given to factors such as demographic variables and academic discipline. This study, therefore, examined demographic variables (age, gender) and academic discipline as determinants of undergraduates’ use of electronic library resources in in federal universities in South-west, Nigeria. The descriptive survey research design was used for this study. The multi-stage sampling method was used to select 1,526 undergraduates from four faculties and three departments in the six federal universities in South-west, Nigeria. Frequency counts, percentages, mean, standard deviation, correlation, and regression methods were used to analyse the data at 0.05 level of significance. Age influenced the use of electronic library resources by undergraduates in federal universities in South-west, Nigeria while gender and academic discipline did not. It is therefore, recommended that university libraries should ensure that undergraduates optimize the use of electronic library resources irrespective of age, gender or academic discipline.

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