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The study investigated the awareness and use of search engines by undergraduate students in Delta State University, Abraka. Case study design was used for the study. The population comprised one thousand five hundred and thirty nine (1,539) students in the Faculty of Social Science in Delta State University. The sample of the study was 154. Five research questions guided the study and two hypothesis tested at 0.05 level of significant. One instrument titled search engine use questionnaire (SEUQ) was used for the study. Percentages and mean rating were used to answer research questions. Chi Square and Anova were used to test hypotheses. The major findings of the study include: Undergraduate Students level of awareness of search engines was low in Delta State University. The test for hypothesis shows that there was a significant difference from the respondents awareness of search engines according to their departments. Google was the most frequently used search engine by the undergraduate students in Faculty of Social Science. The features of search engines used more by undergraduate students were five from the ten items listed. The benefits undergraduate students derived from search engines were all the listed benefits showing that search engines have great assistance to them. The greatest problem faced with undergraduate students was information overload. Based on the findings, the implications of the study were pointed out, and it was recommended that : more practical aspect of search engines should be employed through institutions bulletins and workshop; efforts should be made by the university authorities to minimize the challenges faced by undergraduate students with reference to search engines.