LEVEL OF AWARENESS AND USE OF OPEN ACCESS ELECTRONIC RESOURCES BY SCIENTISTS IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTES IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA

AUTHOR: OKORE, NNEKA EUGENIA

DEPARTMENT: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

This study was conducted to determine the level of awareness and use of open access electronic resources (OAER) by scientists in agricultural research institutes in Edo State, South – South geopolitical zone of Nigeria. It adopted a descriptive survey research design and was guided by four research questions. Six null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Related literature were reviewed. Research scientists in Agricultural research institutes in Edo State constituted the population for this study. Survey questionnaires titled Questionnaire on Level of Awareness and Use of Open Access Electronic Resources (QLAUOAER) was used as instrument for the data collection. The instrument was validated by three experts consisting of two from Department of Library and Information Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, and one expert from Measurement and Evaluation, University of Benin, Edo State. A population of one hundred and fifty scientists (70 from RRIN and 80 from NIFOR) were considered for the data collection. Data collected were analysed using descriptive mean statistics. The result of the study showed that scientists in agricultural research institutes in Edo state have greater access to traditional library materials than electronic journals and books for their research work. Furthermore the findings revealed that the scientists are fully aware of the existence of open access electronic resources (OAER) and do not fully use the agricultural based OAER in accessing information for research, neither do they use OAER outlets in disseminating research results. From the result obtained from this study, it could be concluded that there is high level of awareness but with low level of usage of open access electronic resources among scientists in the studied institutes. Based on the above results, it is recommended that the managements of the two agricultural research institutes in Edo state should organise regular workshops and seminars aimed at informing their scientists on the relevance and use of open access electronic resources to research.

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