Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Spring 4-20-2022

Document Type



Information literacy is an essential competence for the discernment of information quality online, particularly social media because of the freedom the platform provide to publish ideas without evaluation mechanism. Students also consult online information for academic and social needs which has exposed them to misinformation and resulted to further interaction with the and subsequently sharing among their network on social media. The circulation of misinformation has led concerns from governments, social media and researchers to curtail it spreads online Information literacy skills assist in use of information ethical, thus this study ascertains the influence of information Literacy (IL) competency of misinformation sharing among undergraduate of federal university South-West, Nigeria. Data was collected with the aid of questionnaires from a sample of 400 with 379 copies found to be usable for the study. The descriptive analysis revealed that students have a high level of information literacy skills, while the inferential analysis of simple regression revealed The result indicates that information literacy skills does not significantly influence misinformation sharing on social media (MSOS) among federal university students of South-West, Nigeria (β= 0.065, t=1.293, p>0.05). The study recommended that university administrators and librarians should consider factors that influence student information literacy skills.