AUTHOR: ANYIRA ISAAC ECHEZONAM
DEPARTMENT: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
This study investigated the awareness and utilization of search engines in information retrieval by sociology lecturers in South-South, Nigeria. The descriptive survey method was used in the study with a population of 75 sociology lecturers. The questionnaire designed by the researcher was used for data collection while SPSS was used to analyse the data and test the hypotheses. The findings indicate that sociology lecturers are aware of Ebscohost resources (M 4.25), followed by Jstor (M 4.17), NUC Virtual resources (M 4.14), AJOL (M 4.13), and HINARI (M 4.10), while they are unaware of Best of the Web internet resource (2.53). the resources they utilized are AJOL (M 4.60) NUC Virtual collections (M 4.42), Jstor (M 4.38), Amazon (M 4.26), Ebscohost (M 4.25), and HINARI (M 4.10). Significant positive relationship was found between awareness and utilization of relevant resources on the internet by university sociology lecturers. Seartch engines used by the lecturers include MSN (M 4.38), Altavista (M 4.34), Google Scholar (M 4.25), Google (M 4.24), Hotbot (M 4.06). Significant gender differences were found in the awareness of internet resources and use of Google search engine. It was recommended that university libraries should take a leading role to create awareness among sociology lecturers about relevant sociology resources available to them by conducting training and retraining programmes, workshops, audio-visual presentations etc., on regular basis. Lecturers should be divided into smaller groups according to their internet/ computer skills during the training so that the resources available can be made known to them, and steps for practical utilization demonstrated. Those who lack internet skills should be given special training on computer and internet skills first of all before the actual training. The university authority should support the library with funds and any other assistance necessary for the success of the training. The lecturers should cooperate with the library in this regard.
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Tags: Electronic Information Sources, Expectancy Value Theory-EVT, Gender/Search Engine Utilization. Electronic Resources Utilization, Google/Yahoo Search Engine, internet, Internet Information Resources, Internet Information Retrieval, Internet Resources Awareness, Library and Information Science-Thesis-2012, Search Engine