Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Citation

Abbey, Emelia Ennin (2011) “2.5m Ghanaians use Internet” Daily Graphic Friday, April 29. p.9

Abissath, Mawutodzi K. (2005) “Put ICT to positive use in Africa”. Daily Graphic. Monday, February, 28. p.7

Alemna, A. [and] Adanu, T. (2005) “ Internet use at the Balme Library, University of Ghana’’. Library Hi-Tech News No.2. pp.25-26

Bell, Judith. (1999) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education and social science.-2nd ed. Berkshire: Open University Press. pp.9-20

“E-Library project lauded” The Ghanaian Times. Monday, February 7, 2011.p19

Internet World Stats: Usage and Population Statistics (2012).

http://Internetworldstats.com1.htm

retrieved: March 29,2012.

Mabawonku, Iyabo. (2001) “Potentials of Internet use in information provision to policy makers in Nigeria” Nigerian Libraries. Vol. 35, no.2. pp.51-62.

Monette, Duane R., Sullivan, Thomas J., DeJong Cornell R. (1998) Applied social research: tool for the human services.-4th ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers. p.156

Ojedokun, Ayoku A. (2001). “Internet Access and Usage by Students of the University of Botswana”. African Journal of Library, Archival and Information Sciences. Vol.11,no.2. pp.97-107.

Okine, Charles Benoni (2011) “Vodafone to Improve Internet access”. Daily Graphic, Thursday, May, 12. p.39

Osiakwan, Eric M. K., Foster, William and Santiago, Anne Pitsch (2007) ‘‘ Ghana : The Politics of Entrepreneurship’’ Negotiating the net in Africa : the politics of Internet diffusion. Edited by Ernest J. Wilson III and Kelvin R. Wong Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. pp.18, 36

Osei, K. (2011) “ The Internet, web browsers and the emergence of Google web application” The Ghanaian Times. Monday, April 4. p.8

Otchere, John N.K (2006) ‘‘Degrading Ghana’s moral and cultural values on the Internet – who is to blame?’’. The Ghanaian Times. p.6

Patel, Ketan J. (2005) The master strategist: power, purpose and principle. London: Hutchinson The Random House Group Limited. pp.6-8

Perry, Timothy T., Perry, Leslie Anne, Hosack-Curlin, Karen (1998) “Internet use by university students: an interdisciplinary study on three campuses” Internet Research: Electronic Networking Applications and Policy. Vol.8.no.2. pp.136-141

Sellers, J. (1994) “Primary and Secondary School Internet User Questions”.

http://www.virtualschool.edu/mon/K12/K12InternetFAQ.html.

(Retrieved: 5/23/2005).

Stair, Ralph M. (1997.) Introduction to Information Systems. Cambridge: Course Technology. p.129

Waldman, Micaela (2003) “Freshman’s use of library electronic resources and self-efficacy”. Information research, vol.8 no.2. (retrieved: 8/18/2010)

Abstract

The place of the Internet in an era that has been described as information and communication age cannot be overemphasized. This is because many people have today seen the competitive edge that easy access to current and accurate data and information gives to its users.

The paper aimed to find out how tertiary students in the Sunyani Municipality have been harnessing the potentials of the Internet technology. The purpose is to find out how the Internet is being utilized by students in the tertiary institutions in Sunyani Municipality and the problems that students might be encountering in its use.

The survey strategy was chosen for the research and a random sampling technique was used to select 600 students from three tertiary institutions in the Sunyani Municipality, of the Brong-Region of Ghana.

The study showed among others that, many students in the Municipality had learnt how to use the Internet from their teachers and were more likely to use the Internet Cafés as access point. Many of them also believed the cost of access was expensive. The paper also showed that more tertiary students are using the Internet technology to look for information for assignments. The Internet has also led to improved communications among tertiary students. Google and Facebook were the most preferred search engine and social network respectively.

Poor Internet speed, inadequate number of computers in computer laboratories, and inadequate user skills were observed as the leading constraints to Internet use. Since a significant number of tertiary students are using the Internet, addressing the hindrances to its use will enhance teaching, research and learning.