Information Impact: Journal of Information and Knowledge Management

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Information seeking behaviour of undergraduates in a Nigerian university

Mathew Igberaese Okoh, Osaze Patrick Ijiekhuamhen


This study investigates the information seeking behaviour of undergraduates of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE). A structured questionnaire was used for data gathering in the University. The questionnaire data was analyzed using frequency, bar char, and percentage for easy interpretation. The research findings show that the respondents use goggle, print textbooks, library materials and social media as major research resources. Lack of computer skills, irregular electricity supply and lack of good search skills were found as factors affecting information seeking behaviour of the respondents. The following were recommended in line with the findings of the study: Training of students on computers skills, provision of alternative power supply as well as adequate coverage of information literacy skills in the use of library currently taught in the university.

Keywords: literacy skills, information seeking behavior, users’needs

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