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Diyaolu A. M., Okunlaya, R. O. A. and Ibrahim, R. O. (2012). Influence of Demographic Factors on the Use of Digital Library by the Post Graduate Students in Private Universities: A Case Study of Babcock and Covenant University in Ogun State. Information and Knowledge Management, 2 (5), Retrieved from (18 June, 2018)

Islam, M. A. (2011). Effect of demographic factors on e-learning effectiveness in a higher learning Institution in Malaysia. International Education Studies 4 (1), 4-7. Retrieved from (10 June, 2018).

Krejcie, R.V. and Morgan, D.W. (1970). Determining Sample Size for Research Activities. Sage Journal of Educational and Psychological Measurement, 30, 607 - 610. Retrieved from (25 March, 2017).

Okiki, O.C. and Asiru, S.M. (2011). “Use of Electronic Information Sources by Postgraduate Students in Nigeria: Influencing Factors”. Library Philosophy and Practice, Retrieved from (5 March, 2017).

Quadri, G.O. (2013). Impact of ICT Skills on the Use of E-resources by Information Professionals: A Review of Related Literature (Online). Library Philosophy and Practice. Retrieved from June, 2017).

Salaam, M. O. (2008). “Option for Access to Journals, Print, CD-ROM, On-line in a Nigerian Agricultural University Library. Samaru”,Journal of Information Studies, 7(2), .24-27.

Sivathaasan, N., and Velnampy, T. (2013). Use of Electronic Information Resources and Academic Performance of University Teachers: A Case Study. European Journal of Business and Management, 5(14), 46–52.

Waldman, M. (2003). Freshman’s user of library electronic resources and self-efficiency. Information Research, 8(2), 12-27.Retrieved from: (10 June, 2018)



Electronic information resources (EIRs) referred to information that are available in electronic format. These resources are very useful in postgraduate education, but it was observed that some factors determined the use of these resources among the postgraduate students who are expected to use EIRs that are provided in libraries. In line with this, this study investigated influence of demographic characteristics on utilisation of EIRs by postgraduate students in three selected universities in south-west Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for this study. 362 respondents represented the sample size for the study. Statistical Package for Social sciences (SPSS) was used to compute the data, while frequency distribution, mean, percentage, standard deviation and chi-square were used for data analyses. The findings revealed that a significant (P< 0.05) association exist among highest qualification (χ2=40.3), Age (χ2=20.4) and utilisation of EIRs by the postgraduate students. It was recommended that the library management should provide adequate awareness programmes that will promote the use of EIRs among postgraduate students irrespective of age and qualification. Academic staff should advocate the use of EIRs among postgraduate students. This is achievable in a situation where lecturers introduce the use of EIRs to their course-work/ assignments. It was concluded that Age and highest qualification were found to be major determinant of the use of EIRs by the postgraduate students in the selected universities. This is an issue that needed a serious attention because the older postgraduate students are expected to deliver academically as the younger postgraduate students.



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