The purpose of the study was to examine the influence of academic disciplines on the use of library-based online resources for learning activities by undergraduates in the University of Ibadan.
The paper adopted the quantitative research method. Stratified random sampling technique was adopted in selecting the undergraduate students from each faculty and department with the sampling fraction of 2.5%. The sample size for the study is 303 undergraduates of University of Ibadan. Questionnaire was the instrument used to gather data for the research. 286 (94.4%) questionnaires were properly completed and analyzed.
The study revealed that that the Internet is the most preferred medium for information retrieval with 181 (63.3%) students affirming this. E-journal is the most frequently used online resource with 187 (65.4%) ranging from once a day to at least once a month. Also, the total average of 164 (57.34%) of the undergraduates agree that they make use of library-based online resources for their school work while an average of approximately 131 (42.7%) do not make use of the library-based online resources. However, the major challenge in the utilization of library-based online resource is lack of assistance from the library staff with a total of 165 (57.7%) of the students affirming.
For undergraduates to excel in their various academic disciplines there is a need to expose the student to the available library based online resources. The recommendations emerging from this study should go a long way to mitigate some of the challenges.