Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Extent of Utilisation and Satisfaction of Open-Access Electronic Resources by Postgraduate Students of Federal Universities in South South, Nigeria
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Open-Access electronic resources are the unrestricted information resources the students find readily accessible for use. This study examined the extent of utilisation and satisfaction of open- access resources by Postgraduate students of federal Universities in South South, Nigeria. Descriptive survey design was used, while the instrument for data collection was the questionnaire. A sample of 349 was arrives at from a population of 1401 Doctoral (PhD) and Masters of Education (M.Ed) postgraduate students from four federal Universities of the south-south geo-political zone of Nigeria using multi-stage sampling techniques. 293 of instrument were retrieved after administration, given 84% of the sample population. The findings of the study revealed that M.Ed Postgraduate students of Federal Universities in South South, Nigeria utilised Open-Access e-resources to a high extent with a pooled mean of 2.56 while the PhD Postgraduate students utilised them to low extent with a pooled mean of 2.22. The finding also revealed that the level of satisfaction derived by both the M.Ed and PhD Postgraduate students of Federal Universities in South South, Nigeria on the use of Open-Access e-resources were all to high extent, with a pooled mean of 2.56 and 2.89 for M.Ed and PhD respectively. The study recommended among other things that Libraries should organise more awareness programme on the availability of Open Access e-resource and encourage students to use them.