Author: Imoniwe,oghale Judith
Department: Library and information science
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka
The study investigated the awareness and use of search engines by undergraduate students in Delta State University, Abraka. Case study design was used for the study. The population comprised one thousand five hundred and thirty nine (1,539) students in the Faculty of Social Sciences in Delta State University. The sample of the study was 154. Five research questions guided the study and two hypotheses tested at 0.05 level of significant. One instrument titled search engine use questionnaire (SEUQ) was used for data collection. Percentages and mean rating were used to answer research questions. ANOVA was used to test hypotheses. The major findings of the study include: Undergraduate students awareness of search engines was low in Delta State University, the test for hypotheses showed that there was a significant difference from the respondents awareness of search engines according to their departments; Google was the most frequently used search engine by the undergraduate students in Faculty of Social Sciences. Their
reasons for the use of search engines include: Play game, E-mail, internet searches, travel information, weather, international news, health information news, shopping and jobs, stock prices chats and maps. Some of the benefits undergraduate students derived from search engines include: Vast amount of information, availability of information and online library resources for research. The greatest problem faced by undergraduate students was information overload. Among the implications of the Study is that more practical training programmes should be mounted for the students to promote greater awareness of the search engines. It was recommended that: more practical aspect of search engines should be employed through institutions bulletins and workshops; efforts should be made by the university authorities to minimize the challenges faced by undergraduate students with reference to search engines.
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