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Availability of information resources plays a major role in teaching and learning. For effective teaching to take place information resources must be provided and teachers must have access to various types of resources particularly in their areas of specialization. This will not only broaden their knowledge base but also prepare them ahead of the challenges that may face them in the course of imparting knowledge. A variety of activities that are performed by teachers in the course of carrying out their professional duties is hinged on close interaction with the various reference sources in their areas of specialization. These include preparation of course materials, communicating in the language of the discipline, facilitation of learning activities with relevant materials, engaging in elaborate conversation with learners, giving exercises that involve critical thinking to learners, and so on. The broad objective of this studyis to examine the availability and accessibility as determinants of use of electronic reference sources by secondary school teachers in Ekiti State Nigeria. Four research questions were formulated for this study. The results obtained were subjected to statistical analysis and the analysed data revealed that there is astrong significant positive correlation between accessibility and utilization of E-Reference sources by secondary school teachers in Ekiti State. (r꞊.191, P꞊.049, P˂ 0.05). It revealed a significant positive correlation between accessibility and availability of E-Reference Sources (r꞊0.907, P꞊.006, P ˂ .05). The study further revealed that both availability (ᵝ꞊ 0.457, P˂ 0.05) and accessibility (ᵝ ꞊ 0.191, P˂ 0.05) significantly influence the utilisation of E-Reference sources by secondary school teachers in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The study recommended,among others, that E-Reference sources should be made available for secondary school teachers.