Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
AWARENESS, AVAILABILITY AND UTILIZATION OF DATABASES AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE (FUAM) MAKURDI BENUE STATE
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The purpose of the present study was to examine the awareness and use of databases by undergraduate students of FUAM one hundred students was randomly selected out of twenty thousand three hundred and twenty four (21324) in the study. A specifically designed questionnaire was administered to gather information about the awareness and use of databases by students. Results showed that the vast majority of the participants used Internet search engines rather than specialized databases and full-text resources. Only 6.8% became familiar with electronic resources by attending the library training programs. The main problem associated with the non-use of resources was lack of adequate searching skills. The above findings suggest limited use of databases by graduate students, mainly due to absence of basic skills, awareness. In order to exploit the full potential of information resources in the databases, university library should undertake a more active role in informing, promoting, and educating the members of the academic community.