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The Use of Internet by Academic Scientists in Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola

M Aliyu

Abstract


The internet is an important tool for communication and retrieval of information. This study examined the use of internet in communication and retrieval of information by scientists in Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola.The survey method was used for the study. A total of 95 scientists in the school of pure and applied sciences (SPASS) constituted the population of the study. Result of the study shows that majority (60.45%0 of the scientists use the internet occasionally to access information. They do not take advantage of the vast and rich knowledge
preserved and communicated through e-books, e-thesis, and digital archives. Finally, majority of the scientists (60.49%) use the internet to get support or sponsorship for studies rather than for research. Some of the
recommendations of the study include: The necessary requirement that universities should have good Information Technology (IT) infrastructure such as the internet in order to create easy information access and retrieval as well as to disseminate research findings for wider use; To overcome erratic retrieval problems and for fast access of wide and current range of resources so as to achieve maximum user satisfaction with economy of time, use of e-books, ethesis and digital archives becomes the best option; The scientists also need to enhance their skills of internet surfing by way of regular training on the use and advantages of the internet.



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