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Following the emergence of Internet, higher institutions particularly academic libraries had and still continue to make efforts to take advantage of the emerging technologies in service delivery amidst paucity of current reading materials as a result of poor funding. Internet resources are seen as educational/informational resources available via internet. It is evident from existing literature that usage of Internet resources by the students is low due to many factors that are central to man hence this study was mounted to investigate the influence of the demographic variables of the target audience on their use of Internet resources. The study population comprised 949 pre-clinical medical students in the selected states out of which 704 questionnaire were returned. Two hypotheses were tested and the findings revealed that the gender of the responding students had a considerable influence on Internet use; with the males using the Internet resources to a higher extent than the female respondents’ use of Internet resources. Age and level of study of the responding pre-clinical medical students, as independent variables, were found to exert significant influence on the students’ use of Internet resources. The study further revealed that age and level of study had a combined contribution of 53.2% to the observed variations in Internet resources use by the pre-clinical medical students in the selected universities in Nigeria.