This paper aims to present the results of a study which was carried out to find out whether the undergraduate students in the College of Health Sciences in Delta State University are aware of and fully utilize the medical databases and other online information resources within and outside the medical library.
A questionnaire and interview methods were used to elicit data from the students.
The results revealed that majority of the students are not aware and do not use the online information resources such as: MEDLINE, HINARI, CINAHL databases, NUC virtual library as sources of information to retrieve materials related to medical literature. This could be as a result of lack of training for information literacy skills and ineffective user education programmes in the medical libraries and medical schools to equip the medical students with necessary skills to use the medical databases and other online information resources. Problems such as lack of skills to use the online information resources, lack of time, poor user education programmes, and slowness of server were mentioned by the students as some factors militating against the effective use of online information resources.
The findings will be useful for medical librarians and faculty in highlighting the need to collaborate in integrating information literacy skills into the medical school curricula in developing countries. Paper type Research paper
Baro, E.E., Endouware, B.C. and Ubogu, J.O. (2011), "Awareness and use of online information resources by medical students at Delta State University in Nigeria", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 28 No. 10, pp. 11-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/07419051111202655Download as .RIS
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