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Tofi Simon Ternenge is a registered and Certified Librarian by the Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN). He is currently working as Librarian II with Benue State School of Nursing, Makurdi and a Part-time lecturer in the Department of Library Science and Information Technology, Gboko Polytechnic Makurdi Study Centre.
This study investigated effective utilization of information resources for research in nursing by student nurses in Benue State School of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi. The study looked at the types of information resources mostly utilized by student nurses, extent of utilization by student nurses for research in nursing. Four (4) research objectives with corresponding research questions guided the study. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population for the study was 376 student nurses/midwives and a sample of 194 student nurses was gotten using Taro Yamene’s formula for sample size and were sampled using simple random sampling technique. The instrument for data collection was questionnaire which was validated by 3 experts. Data was collected and analyzed using descriptive statistics of frequency counts and mean scores to answer the research question. Finding of the study revealed that, textbooks, journals, dictionaries, encyclopedia, projects, directories, newspapers/magazines, government documents, handbooks, almanacs, yearbooks as well as gazettes are the types of information resources mostly utilize by student nurses for research in nursing in Benue State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi. Findings also revealed that, student nurses utilizes information resources for nursing research to a great extent and students nurses are satisfied with the information resources utilize for research in nursing. Findings further revealed that, lack of time to use the information resources in the library, lack of awareness on existence of specific information resources, lack of current nursing textbooks and journals, difficulty in finding relevant information resources, lack of internet access, not allowed to borrow books in the library, the environment is not conducive for learning and research, lack of computers as well as lack of adequate skills on how to use the library are factors militating against effective utilization of information resources by student nurses for research in nursing in Benue State School of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi. It then makes recommendations based on the findings of the study.