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Date of this Version

2021

Abstract

Abstract

This study is on the use of print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library for research by postgraduate students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. To achieve the objectives of the study, five research questions were formulated and were answered. It examined among others; level of awareness of the available print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library to the Postgraduate students, accessible of the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library to the Postgraduate students, relevancy of the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library to the Postgraduate Students, level of use of the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library by the Postgraduate students and the challenges to effective use of the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library by the Postgraduate students in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The research adopted quantitative research method and survey research design; instrument used were questionnaires. The data collected for the study were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Questionnaires that were returned were analyzed using simple percentages and frequency count. The study discovered that Postgraduate students in Ahmadu Bello University are Highly Aware of the availability of print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library, the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library are Highly Accessible by the postgraduate students in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library are relevant to all the postgraduate students in all the faculties in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria except to postgraduate students in faculty of Engineering, the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library are being used by the postgraduate students in all the faculties in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria except for three faculties which are Faculty of Administration, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Engineering and that, the major challenges to efficient use of print journals by the postgraduate students in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria are that; the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library are outdated, there are limited copies of print journals are available, postgraduate students do not know how to locate print journals on the shelves. The study then concluded that the postgraduate students in Ahmadu bello University Zaria are aware of the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library and that; they access them and perceive them to be relevant to them and that; majority of the postgraduate students in all the faculties use them despite they encounter some challenges which deny its efficient use. The factors to the efficient use of print journals include; outdated print journals in the library, limited print journals are available, many PG students cannot locate the print journals on the shelves and recommendations were made that; the management of Kashim Ibrahim Library should maintain the high level of awareness, so as to encourage more patronage at the side of the postgraduate students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the librarians should provide and maintain the easy accessibility of the print journals in Kashim Ibrahim Library, the library should acquire more relevant print journals especially, for postgraduate students in Faculty of Engineering, the management of the library should encourage high level of usage of print journals through organizing and reorganizing programs such as seminal and library orientation for postgraduate students, the library management should acquire current print journals, more copies of the print journals, and lastly, provide library guide or organograms to give direction to where library journals are situated

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