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

Information seeking behaviour of undergraduate students in the internet age

Philip Kwaku Kankam1*, Dennis Nimo-Ntim2 and Marian Sackey2

  •  Received: 03 August 2016
  •  Accepted: 26 September 2016
The information environment has greatly impacted on teaching, learning and research methods of higher education worldwide, and Ghana is no exception. The internet technologies have facilitated smooth and systematic transformation of data into digital format. This has changed the process of access, retrieve and use of information by students and researchers. The purpose of this study was to examine the information seeking behaviour of students of two schools in the African University College of Communications, Accra-Ghana. To understand the information seeking behaviour of undergraduate students the concerned literature has been reviewed and questionnaire was randomly distributed to get the responses. The study mainly concentrates on frequency of visit to the library, purpose of information seeking, computer acquaintance, amount of time spent on information gathering activities, problem faced in information seeking, etc. The results of the study reveal that print materials are still most heavily used resources by the students. Majority of the students are not familiar with using online academic databases. However, the students of both schools face the problem of information overload on internet and lack of skills to search information. Hence, the study recommends that formal users training programme shall be conducted to optimise the use of information sources and services.

Keywords: Undergraduate students, academic library, academic database, Information seeking behaviour, Information retrieval.