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: 246

Full Length Research Paper

How law students utilize information resources: A case study of the University of Benin, Benin City.

Ngozi Blessing Ossai
Post Graduate School, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 13 October 2010
  •  Published: 31 January 2011



This is a case study of how undergraduate law students of University of Benin, Benin City make use of information resources. The objective of the study is to understand how male and female law undergraduate students acquire their information, the resources employed and to what purpose information is sought. The researcher adopted a descriptive survey technique. The sample consisted of 230 undergraduate law students randomly selected from the first to fifth year of study. Their information seeking activities were tested to discover how undergraduate law students utilize information resources. The study found that there is only a slight difference in how male and female undergraduate law students use information resources and that the need to compliment lecture notes rank highest in the information need of the students. The study recommends formal training in the use of information resources will significantly improve the pattern of both information use and search.


Key words: Information resources, law, students, University, Nigeria.