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: 232

Article in Press

A survey of information seeking behaviour of petroleum engineers in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

Ebiye V. EDONKUMOH1* and Margaret N. NGWUCHUKWU2

  •  Received: 05 July 2015
  •  Accepted: 19 August 2015
The success of the petroleum industry at all levels depends largely on petroleum engineers’ awareness and access to relevant information for making sound exploration and production decisions. This study investigated the information seeking behaviour of petroleum engineers in selected companies in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. A survey design was adopted using questionnaire and interview as the instrument for collecting primary data from 250 petroleum engineers randomly selected from four oil companies. Data gathered were analysed using frequencies, simple percentages and mean score count. Results showed that petroleum engineers spent time seeking health and safety information, oil and gas exploration and production information and geochemical prospecting information. Results also showed that the purpose they seek information is to operate safely and to enhance their productivity. Recommendation is made that management of libraries in the oil and companies should make adequate provision of health and safety information for petroleum engineers to operate safely