Information Needs and Search Behaviour of Students of Veterinary Medicine in a Nigerian University

Shehu Umar Mabera and Shaibu Adona Sadiku
Keywords: Information needs, information seeking behaviour, veterinary medicine students
Journal of Library Services and Technologies 2021 3(1), 1-12. Published: March 10, 2021


Abstract

The changing information needs of library user, coupled with the need to keep abreast of the information technology advancement and the dynamic nature of publishing, make the information requirements of individuals differ. This has altered the behaviour of an individual towards information seeking in modern societies. It is against this background that this study examined the information needs and seeking behaviour of students of the veterinary medicine at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS). The study adopted the descriptive survey design and questionnaire was used to collect data. A sample of 300 students was surveyed out of which 240 responded representing 80% response rate. The data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics. The findings revealed that the veterinary medicine students mostly need academic information to carry out any given assignments, class tests, examinations and research projects. The study also showed that for the student to meet their information needs, they usually visit the veterinary library, consult their personal collections, seek assistance from the library staff, surf the Internet and discuss with course mates. However, they are frustrated by the slowness in downloading information from the Internet, irregular power supply, lack of photocopying services, and lack of information skills. The study, therefore, recommends that the library improve on its Internet facilities, provide alternative source of electricity supply, provide photocopy services, and provide information literacy training to enhance students’ capacity to access quality information.