Adoption and Utilization of Electronic Databases by Postgraduate Students in Selected Universities in North-central, Nigeria

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2021-09-09

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Library Philosophy and Practice

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The study aimed at identifying the types of e-databases available, perceptions towards the ease and extent of use, and usefulness of the adopted e-databases and identify the challenges associated with the use of adopted e-databases by the postgraduate students in the selected universities, in North- central, Nigeria. The study adopted descriptive survey design where set of questionnaires were used to collect data from 1726 postgraduate students across five universities in North central, Nigeria. The study found that Internet facility, e-journals, e-books, science direct, AGORA, DOAJ and TEEAL are the major e-databases available and accessible in selected libraries. The e-databases used on daily basis are Internet, e-books and e-journal while EMERALD, HINARI, EBSCOHOST, OARE, JSTOR and TEEAL are mostly accessed on yearly basis. The study identified poor interregional networking and Internet connection, high cost of e databases, epileptic power supply and insufficient fund to subscribe to them as major challenges with the use of adopted e-databases. We concluded that there is a significant relationship between the perceived ease of use and use of e-databases among postgraduate students in those university libraries; as well as between perceived usefulness and use of e-databases.

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Electronic database, Postgraduate students, Selected universities, North-central, Nigeria

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Abubakar, Lawal; Issa, Abdulwahab Olanrewaju; and Ambali, Zainab Olanihun, "Adoption and Utilization of Electronic Databases by Postgraduate Students in Selected Universities in North-central, Nigeria" (2021). Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal). 6402.

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