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The paper investigated postgraduate students in the federal university of technology Owerri Nigeria to find out the information sources preferred for research. The descriptive survey employed a questionnaire and interviews as instruments for data collection. A total of one hundred questionnaires were distributed to postgraduate students from various departments while fifty were returned and found useable for the study. Data were analyzed with percentages while charts were employed to present the results of the findings. The study showed that postgraduate students in FUTO prefer electronic sources of information for research. Responses from both the questionnaire and interview showed that the major reasons for preferred sources were easy and quick access, ease of use, convenience and currency. It was also discovered that very few of the postgraduate students identified database subscriptions from the library as available sources of information for research. This implies that library prints and subscribed databases were not popular among postgraduate students as preferred sources of information for research. This finding, however, points to the need for an aggressive information literacy campaign for postgraduate students tailored towards creating awareness and use of library resources and databases to justify the university library’s role in tertiary education.



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