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Agboola, I. O (2009). Use of print and electronic resources by Agricultural Science students in Nigerian universities. Library & Information Research, 32(1), 62-65.

Alhassan, J.K., & Adepoju, S.A (2007). An evaluation of Internet connectivity of information technology firms in Minna Metropolis. Information Technologist, 4(1), 96-103.

Ali, J., & Kumar S. (2011). Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Farmers Decision-Making across the Agricultural Supply Chain. International Journal of Information Management, 31, 149–159.

Angello, C. (2010). The awareness and use of electronic information sources among livestock researchers in Tanzania. Journal of Information Literacy, 4(2), 6-22.

Ani, E. O., & Ahiauzu, B. (2008). Towards effective development of electronic information resources in Nigerian university libraries. Library Management, 29(6/7), 504-514.

Bailey, C. W. (2007). Open access and libraries. In Jacobs, M. (Ed.). Electronic resources librarianship and management of digital information: Emerging professional roles, 351 383. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Baro, E. E., Endouware, Benake-ebide. C., & Ubogu, J.O. (2011). Information literacy among medical students in the College of Health Sciences in Niger Delta University, Nigeria. Program: Electronic Library and Information System, 45(1), 107-120

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Devi, M. & Prasad, H. N. (2010). A comparative study for use of electronic resources Central Institute of Sub-Tropical Horticulture & Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research Lucknow. Research Analysis and Evaluation, 1(11), 50-51.

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Dhingra, N. (2013). Usage of Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture (CeRA) by the Faculty of Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana: A case study. International Journal of Information Dissemination and Technology. 3(1), 01-07.

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Francis, A. T. (2012). Evaluation of use of consortium of e-resources in agriculture in context of Kerala Agricultural University. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 32(10), pp23-26

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Joint Information Systems Committee (2010). Publishing research papers: Which policy will deliver best value for your\ university? Retrieved from:

Mittal, S., Gandhi S., & Tripathi G. (2010) Socio-economic Impact of Mobile Phones on Indian A Griculture Working Paper No. 246. New Delhi: Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.

Nworgu, L. (2006). Education research basic issues and methodology. Nsukka University Trust Publisher.

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Parmar, S (2012). Use of E-joumals and CD-ROM databases by fraternity of CCSHAU, Hisar, India. International Journal o f Information Dissemination and Technology. 2(1), 62-66.

Sabouri, M. S (2010). Use of electronic resources by users in the faculty of agriculture, Islamic Azad University. Middle-East Journal o f Scientific Research, 6(5), 490 - 499.

Salaam, M. O Ajiboye, B. A & Bankole, O. M. (2013). The use of library electronic information resources by academic staff at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. PNLA Quarterly, 77(2). pp12-20

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Shinde, R A. Ingale, R. A & Mohsin, S. F (2011). Use of CeRA (consortium for eresources) by PG students of Mahatma Phule Krishi Viyapeeth, Rahuri (M.S.): A survey. National Conference o f Agricultural Libraries and User Community 2011 on Agricultural Libraries in the Knowledge Web, February 24-25,2011, IARI, New Delhi.

Sujatha, H. R & Mudhol, M. V (2008). Use of electronic information sources at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India. Annals o f Library & Information Studies, 55(3), 8-8.

Sujatha, H. R & Murthy, H. S (2010). End-user training on the utilization of electronic information sources in fisheries sciences institutions in South India. Electronic Library, 28(5), 741- 754.

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The study was undertaken to determine the Availability and Utilization of Electronic Information Database for Research by Agricultural Scientists in federal universities in North Central, Nigeria. The instruments used were questionnaire and documentary records. Data were analysed using frequency distribution tables; percentage, mean and standard deviations. The population of this study was 415 scientifically distributed among the schools and faculties of Agriculture of the various universities covered by this study. Survey method was used for the study. Stratified sampling method was used to select 195 respondents to accommodate the different strata of the subjects involved in the study. The copies of the questionnaire that were returned were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The study revealed that all the agricultural scientists in various universities subscribe to various online databases. The study also recorded that a high percentage of the respondents use electronic databases frequently and the utilisation of electronic databases was for research work, to update knowledge in their field of interest and current awareness. On availability of electronic databases the study found that 146 (74%) respondents agreed that electronic information was most usefulness for the improvement in the quantity and quality of publication of field research, as well as eliminating the problems of geographical location in the transfer of information. The study revealed a high level of satisfaction with the provision of electronic information services in the area. The study recommended that greater publicity should be given to the many and varied sources of research information available, so that more researchers would become aware and make use of the resources



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