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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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Exploring The Information Seeking Behaviour Of Final Year Law Students In Ekiti State University.

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OGBA, Onwuchekwa Chidinma



Keywords: • Ekiti State University law students, • Ekiti State University Law Library, • Final year law students, • Information seeking behaviour, • Information skills of law students, • Information technology and law students, • Information behaviours of law students.



ABSTRACT: This is a study on the information seeking behaviour of final year law students in Ekiti State University. This study is a follow up to previous study on the information seeking behaviour of Final year law students in South Western Nigerian Universities which was a framework of Wilson’s 1999 model of information seeking behaviour. A discursive face-face interview method which was unstructured in style was used to gather data from 25 final year law students of 2012/2013 class in Ekiti State University. A naturalistic approach was also involved as a methodology thus students were observed while they research for their resources. The interview was transcribed and arranged into themes for proper analysis. The research findings show that the respondents browse library shelves, lack knowledge of library services and current resources, use the library for print materials while they browse in cybercafé, avoid the e-library and library facilities and avoid seeking assistance from library staff because they perceive them as being harsh. Respondents were further found to be Google inclined despite numerous complaints and difficulties they face in Google. The barriers found in this study were inadequate resources from the internet search, inability to select right resources needed for research, lack of knowledge on sites to use for information research, money, harshness from library officials and lack of Nigerian resources online. These barriers were found to be affected by lack of information skills, attitude of library staff, ease in getting resources, and bad experiences from previous research. Respondents were also found to lack of information skills in the area of evaluation of resources, copyright and citation skills.



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