Awareness and Usage of Online Databases among Postgraduate Students in Library and Information Programmes in Universities in South-South, Nigeria
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This work examines awareness and use of online databases among postgraduate students in library schools in South-South Nigeria. A survey was conducted using questionnaire to collect data from a total of 121 postgraduate students in the three library schools accredited by the NUC and the LRCN to offer Library and Information Programmes at postgraduate level in South-South Nigeria. Data collected were analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Findings indicate that the level of awareness of online databases among LIS postgraduate students in the three institutions under study is low and this affected their usage as they were underutilized. Furthermore, the findings of the study identify lack of awareness of the existence of relevant online databases, inconsistence of electricity supply, lack of/inadequate information (Internet) skill as major impediments to the access to and use of online databases. This paper, therefore, recommends that libraries intensify their awareness campaigns for the online databases which they subscribed to and ensure that they subscribe to relevant online databases in order to avoid their underutilization which is bound to occur if libraries keep subscribing to online databases that are not relevant to disciplines within the institutions. In addition, the study recommends that libraries organize user education and workshop on the use of online databases and provide constant electricity supply.