International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 226

Full Length Research Paper

Use of electronic resources by postgraduate students in University of Cape Coast

Paulina Nana Yaa Kwafoa
  • Paulina Nana Yaa Kwafoa
  • Barfi Kwaku Anhwere* and
  • Google Scholar
Barfi Kwaku Anhwere
  • Barfi Kwaku Anhwere
  • Barfi Kwaku Anhwere* and
  • Google Scholar
Agyapong Emmanuel Manu
  • Agyapong Emmanuel Manu
  • Barfi Kwaku Anhwere* and
  • Google Scholar


  •  Received: 03 March 2018
  •  Accepted: 25 July 2018
  •  Published: 28 February 2019

Abstract

The study investigates the use of electronic resources by postgraduate students in University of Cape Coast (UCC). It specifically targets first year postgraduate students of UCC. Awareness, usage, training, and access were explored. A survey method was employed and a structured questionnaire was utilized to solicit data. The findings revealed that, though students are aware of electronic resources, they do not fully utilize them to support their academic pursuit due to poor level of information literacy skills. However, few students had not participated in all information literacy skills training organized by the library. Results from the study showed that, significant number of postgraduate students do access electronic resources when on campus and mostly use electronic devices such as laptops, ipad, desktop computers, and mobile phones. The findings indicated that students use the electronic resources to complete assignments, write project work, to update lessons note, for research, and up-date themselves on new information in their fields of study. It was recommended that a structured curriculum should therefore be established as part of postgraduate students’ normal lecture periods where time is allocated on their time table for electronic resource training, and if possible, credited to their academic performance ratings or grading.

 

Key words: Awareness, electronic resources, postgraduate students, training.