Use of electronic databases by postgraduate students in a university based Faculty of Science and Agriculture

  • L Soyizwapi
  • R Hoskins

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of electronic databases by postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture at the
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. The study adopted a
quantitative approach and a survey was conducted. The results of the study
found that while postgraduate students used the electronic databases, a few of the databases were not used. Postgraduate students experienced a number of problems when using the databases. Students became aware of the availability of electronic databases from a variety of sources such as friends, library orientation programmes and academic staff. Search engines were identified as a resource that was very popular with almost all the students. The study revealed that there is a need for improving access to the databases for all campus and off-campus users.
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