IJSTR

International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

IJSTR@Facebook IJSTR@Twitter IJSTR@Linkedin
Home About Us Scope Editorial Board Blog/Latest News Contact Us
CALL FOR PAPERS
AUTHORS
DOWNLOADS
CONTACT
QR CODE
IJSTR-QR Code

IJSTR >> Volume 2- Issue 5, May 2013 Edition



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

Website: http://www.ijstr.org

ISSN 2277-8616



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

[Full Text]

 

AUTHOR(S)

OGBA, Onwuchekwa Chidinma

 

KEYWORDS

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

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.

 

REFERENCES

[1]. J.B. Anderson, Empirical studies of law students information seeking behaviour and a call for the return of the law library as a laboratory from legal education. Available at http://www.liseprints.gslis.simmons.edu/5371/1/human_infomration_behavaviour_paper.pdf, 2011.

[2]. L.S. Connaway, T.J. Dickey and M.L. Radford, “Information seeking behaviour”. Science direct, 33(3), 179-190, 2011. Available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0740818811000375/,
doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/lisr.2010.

[3]. C. George, A. Bright, T. Hurlbert, E.C. Linke, G.S. Clair and J.Stein, “Scholarly Use of Information: Graduate Students’ Information Seeking Behaviour”. Information Research, 11(4), 2006.

[4]. Jennifer, Empirical Studies of Law Students’ Information Seeking Behaviour and a Call For the Return of The Law Library as A Laboratory for Legal Education, 2011,unpublished.(Unpublished manuscript).

[5]. H. Joeng, “An Investigation of User Perception and Behavioural Intentions Towards The E-Library”, Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services, 35(2), pp.45-60, 2011.

[6]. J.Lee, “Legal Informatics: Metamorphosing Law Students into Legal Professionals Based on Empirical Evidence of Attorneys Information Seeking Behaviour”, International Journal of legal information, 39(1), 2010

[7]. Z .Liu, Print vs. Electronic Resources Study of User Perception, Preferences and Use, 42(2), 583-592, 2006, doi:dx.doi.org/10.10.1016/j.ipm/

[8]. S. Makri, A. Blandford and A.L.Cox, “Studying Law Students Information Seeking Behaviour to Inform Design Of Digital Law Libraries”, 2006.Available at www.uclic.ucl.ac.uk/events/dl-cuba2006/papers/makri/pdf.

[9]. S. Makri, “Studying Academic Lawyers’ Information Seeking to Inform the Design of Digital Law Libraries”. TCDL Bulletin, 3(3), 2007.

[10]. K. Martzoukou, “Students Attitudes Towards Web Search Engine-Increasing Appreciation of Sophisticated Search Strategies”. Libri, 58, pp.182-201, 2008.

[11]. O.C. Ogba, Investigating the Information Seeking Behaviour of Nigerian Law Students in South Western Nigerian Universities. A dissertation paper submitted at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 2012, unpublished. (Unpublished manuscript).

[12]. I.J.Ojeaga and V.I. Igbinedion, “Potentials of E-Learning as a Study Tool in Business Education in Nigerian Schools”. International Education Studies, 5(5), 2012. doi: dx.doi.org/10.5539/iesv5n5p218

[13]. N.B. Ossai, “How Law Students Utilize Information Resources: A Case Study of the University of Benin, Benin City”. International Journal of Library and Information Science, 3(1), 1-14, 2011. www.academicjournals.org/ijis/

[14]. N.B. Ossai, “Library Use Patterns of Law Students at the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria”. Simbiosis, 6 (1), 2009. Available at www.egcti.upr.edu/

[15]. L.Rowlands, D. Nicholas and P. Williams, “The Google Generation: The Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future”. Aslib Proceedings, 60(4), pp. 290 -310, 2008.

[16]. SCONUL, Information Skills in Higher Education: A SCONUL Position Paper, 2007. Available at http://www.sconul.org/info

[17]. M. Stephens, “Web 2.0 and libraries: Best Practices for Social Software Library Technology Report”. Archives: USA, 2011.

[18]. S. Thanuskodi, “Information Seeking Behaviour of Law Faculty at Central Law College Salem”. Library Philosophy and Practice, 2009.

[19]. H.R. Tibbo, “Information Seeking Behaviour.” Available at http://www.informationsekingbehaviour.org/tibbo/ , 2013.

[20]. Technology for Digital Libraries, ECDL2006. Alicante: Spain, 2006.

[21]. Tella, “Correlates of Undergraduates Information Seeking Behaviour”. College Undergraduate libraries, 16(1), 137, 2009.

[22]. N.O. Ucak, Internet Use Habits of Students of the Department of Information Management. Hacettepe University: Ankara, 2007.

[23]. R.A. Wokocha, “The Challenges of Legal Education in Nigeria: The Way Forward”. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 2008.

[24]. O.D. Yemisi, M.B.Janneke and D.N. Ocholla, “Information Seeking Behaviour of Law Students in a Developing Country: A Literature Review”. Paper Presented at SCECSAL xxth Conference hosted by KLA, Lako Regency Hotel, and Nairobi: Kenya, 2012.