Demographic factors as correlates of digital information resources use by LIS doctoral students in Southwestern Nigeria

Solomon Adeolu Olaniyi, Sunday Olanrewaju Popoola and Olawale Oyewole
Keywords: Demographic factors, digital library use, LIS doctoral students, Nigeria
Journal of Library Services and Technologies 2024 6(1), 1-14. Published: April 26, 2024


Abstract

Digital information resources offer enormous benefits to library and information science (LIS) doctoral students in the sense that they are enabled to have access to current information resources as regards their academic activities. However, despite this, previous studies have shown that the use of digital information resources by some doctoral students is low. This could be attributed to their demographic factors such as age, gender and length of stay on the programme. This study therefore examined the relationship between the demographic factors and use of digital information resources by LIS doctoral students in Southwestern Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design of the correlational type was used and the total enumeration technique was adopted. All 235 LIS doctoral students in four universities in South-west, Nigeria participated in the study. The questionnaire was the data collection instrument and data were analysed with the use of frequency counts, percentages, mean, standard deviation and correlation analysis. Findings showed that most of the LIS doctoral students used digital information resources for knowledge update ( ). Results showed that out of the three demographic variables, only age (r=.336*; N=177; p<0.05) and gender (r=.215*; N=177; p<0.05) had significant relationship with the use of digital information resources by the LIS doctoral students. It can be inferred from the study that the use of digital information resources by LIS doctoral students is imperative because it offers the link to scholarly publications necessary to locate their research within the disciplinary space and assist them to move the frontiers of knowledge. Thus, in order to facilitate the use of digital information resources, further effort should be made to enable more access to digital information resources and the role of demographic factors should not be sidelined.