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The study investigated on information retrieval skills and utilization of electronic resources for enhanced research by postgraduates in Ignatius Ajuru University of Education library. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The population of the study was limited to all postgraduate students in department of library and information science who are registered users of the library. Accidental sampling was used to sample 34 respondents, where PhDs=9, MLS=13 and PGDLs=12 respectively. Questionnaire was used to collect data. Data collected was analyzed using the descriptive statistics of arithmetic mean (X) and standard deviation (SD). The hypothesis was tested using Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient. Information literacy skills, system operational skills and strategic search skills were correlated significantly with postgraduates’ utilization of electronic resources for research. The data showed that there is a weak relationship between the variables, due to lack of knowledge of the three (3) skills, postgraduates do not adequately use electronic resources to retrieve information for their research work.Therefore, capacity building for both staff and postgraduate students on information literacy, system operation and strategic search skills should be regularly maintained in universities for optimal use of e-resources in the library.