A Study Of Internet Search Engines Usage By Undergraduate Students In Some Universities In The Niger Delta Region Of Nigeria

  • EE Baro
  • GO Onyenania
  • O Oni

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate students’ ability to use different Internet search engines (ISEs) in Universities in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. To reveal the types of ISEs used, and identify the source through which students acquire the skills. The study adopted a descriptive survey method. Questionnaire and interview method was adopted to collect data. A total of 300 completed and returned copies were used for analyses using frequency counts and simple percentage to answer the research questions, and Z -test statistical tool to test formulated hypotheses. The study revealed that majority of the students occasionally use Internet search engines to retrieve information resources. The study also revealed tha t student use ISEs for the main purpose of retrieving information to meet their academic information needs. Problems such as lack of institutional computer laboratory with Internet connectivity for training on the use of Internet search engines, and inadequate knowledge of search skills/strategies of ISEs. It was found that there is significant difference between male and female students in the frequency of use of Internet search engines. The study will enable the students know the different Internet search engines to be utilized and different search strategies to use when searching for materials for their academic work.

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