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This study aims at determining the influence of information needs, sources and gender on information use by faculty of science undergraduate students in universities in southwest Nigeria. In order to sample all important sub-population of the students, data were collected from seven departments which are Computer science, Chemistry, Microbiology, Industrial Chemistry, Physic, Archaeology, and Anthropology. Data was collected using a questionnaire from 500 students while data were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation and T-test. It was found that a significant relationship between information needs to their major information sources used, there was significant relationship between information needs and the purpose of use of information sources among the students and there was significant difference in male and female information needs. The study concluded that information needs, sources and gender based preferences should be taken into consideration while planning and implementing information provision for the undergraduates while it was recommended among others that in order to sustain and ensure the high level of accessing materials among undergraduates of science student, all links that will aid them to access materials maximally must be provided by various institution of learning in University of Ibadan, Nigeria.