For the University of Cape Coast first-year students, doing research is an important step in determining what knowledge will best suit their needs. This study specifically investigated the purpose of searching for information, major sources of information, information search strategies, and the challenges in information search. The research adopted the quantitative approach, specifically the descriptive survey design. The study relied on a random sampling method, with a sample size of 486. 48.8% of the respondents were between the ages of 21 to 30. Firstly, the results indicate that the main purpose of searching for information is ‘knowledge enables a student to articulate a current theory in their own words’. Secondly, google was the major source of obtaining information for students. Thirdly, students indicated that the main method used for information search was through browsing the internet. Lastly, low internet speed was identified as the major challenge to information seeking by students at the University of Cape Coast. Today, “The Internet of Things” has made students access information easily. Libraries are among the places where students can get their information to make independent choices, take personal and group actions, write down ideas in different ways, as well as solving academic, socio-economic, and political challenges. The Sam Jonah Library of the University of Cape Coast should provide adequate information sources that could enhance group discussions and knowledge exchange through the use of Knowledge Commons, Social Learning Commons, and Development Information Commons.
Keywords: Information Search, Information Sources, Methods, Challenges, University of Cape Coast