Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Winter 4-15-2021


In this stage of modern technology, online libraries have made it possible for post-graduate students to source information for their academic research across the globe from the comfort of their homes. Hence, this study developed a structural model that explains the determinants of Economics students’ behavioural intention and utilization of online libraries using social influence, self-efficacy, perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, self-efficacy, and attitude. The study adopted a correlational design. The study randomly selected 150 post-graduate students from five universities in South-East Nigeria. The instruments for data collection were self-report questionnaires. Path model and paths coefficient were used to answer research questions while structural model and t-ratio were used to test the hypotheses. The study found out that the most meaningful structural model that explains students' behavioural intention and utilization of online library resources was a recursive model. The result also showed that attitude, perceived ease of use, and perceived usefulness were the major determinants of use behavioural intention and utilization of online libraries among post-graduate Economics students.