Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

8-26-2021

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This study is on awareness and use of various bibliographic database for library users.

Abstract

Awareness is core to usage of bibliographic database by students. In spite of the value derived from use of bibliography database which serves as skills for any academic research work. It is observed that there is low level of awareness and use of these databases that powered electronic learning among undergraduate and postgraduate students. This study examined awareness and use of bibliographic database among undergraduate and postgraduate students in Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta [FUNAAB]. The study adopted survey research design with use of structured questionnaire. Convenient sampling technique was used to select nine colleges for the study, 495 respondents were selected, 393 questionnaires were duly completed and found useful, representing 79.4%. Frequency counts, percentages, mean and standard deviation were used to analyse the data. Result revealed that students were aware of the various bibliographic databases available through library orientation, course-mate and librarians. The most used bibliographic databases were online public access cataloguing, EBSCOHOST and SCIENCEDIRECT. Furthermore, major purpose for using bibliographic database was for assignment, to update users’ knowledge. Most frequently used bibliographic were Online Public Access Catalogues (OPAC), AGORA, and TEEAL. Challenges encountered when using the bibliographic databases were poor connectivity and system failure. Students were satisfied with the following databases: TEEAL, AGORA, OPAC and EBSCOHOST. However the study recommends that library management should organised various means of creating awareness such as talk, creating mobile library app, contacting students through social media.

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