Influence of social media use on utilization of library resources among undergraduate students in universities in Cross River State, Nigeria

Angela Vincent Adu and Godwin Afebende
Keywords: Social media influence, a utilization of library resources, undergraduates, Cross Rivers State, Nigeria
Library and Information Perspectives and Research 2021 3(1), 1-6. Published: August 14, 2021


Abstract

The study was aimed at investigating the influence of social media use on utilization of library resources among undergraduate students in universities in Cross River State, Nigeria. To achieve this purpose, two research questions were raised and two hypotheses formulated to guide the study were answered and tested respectively. The study adopted an expost facto research design using stratified and purposive sampling techniques to select 900 students from the two universities in Cross River State, Nigeria. A questionnaire entitled: “Social media and utilization of library resources questionnaire (SMULRQ)” was used for data collection. The questionnaire was validated by experts in measurement and evaluation and the reliability was ascertained using Cronbach alpha estimate. The data were analysed using simple regression analysis. The result showed that there was a significant influence of Facebook and Twitter usage on utilization of library resources. Based on the findings, it was recommended that students who are addicted to Facebook and Twitter should be encouraged to use their time judiciously for effective academic excellence and should be provided access to electronic information resources across all the campuses in order not to misuse their time for Facebooking and browsing.