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AVAILABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND UTILIZATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH LITERATURE TO RESEARCHERS IN UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE LIBRARIES IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

 This study was carried out to examine availability, accessibility and utilization of agricultural research literature to researchers in university of agriculture libraries in Nigerian. The universities were located at Umudike, Abia State, Abeokuta, Ogun State and Makurdi, Benue State. The study was guided by six research questions and six null hypotheses. The researcher employed a survey research design. The population of the study comprised of 1,380 researchers, 98 were on their Doctoral, 270 were on their Masters Degree Programmes and 1032 were academic staffs that are registered users in all the three Universities of Agriculture Libraries. A sample of 301 registered users including academic staffs was used for the study using simple random sampling technique in selecting the respondents. Questionnaire titled “Availability, Accessibility and Utilization of Agricultural research literature Questionnaire (AAUARLQ)” was used as instrument for data collection. Frequency tables, percentages, mean and standard deviation were used to analyze the data collected to answer to research questions, while t-test and Chi-Square statistics were used in testing the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the study showed that, Agriculture Research Reports (ARL) such as journals, theses/dissertations, Food and Agriculture Organization reports, textbooks, newspapers, magazines, CD-ROMs, were available and accessible to a very large extent while Audio-visuals, seminar papers and workshop reports were available and accessible to researchers to a large extent as subscribed to, in Nigerian Universities of Agriculture Libraries. The research also showed that these ARL were available, accessible and utilized to a large extent. However, after applying observation checklist, there were certain problems faced by researchers in utilization of some agricultural research literature in Universities of Agriculture libraries such as CD-ROMs, A/V materials seminar papers and workshop reports: besides being inadequate in supply, some were outdated, and could not be used. It was recommended that, in order to effectively facilitate researchers’ access and use of these agricultural research literature in Nigerian Universities of Agriculture Libraries, CD-ROMs should be kept at the disposal of researchers and Nigerian Universities of Agriculture Libraries should be diligent in acquiring up-dated issues. Also, government should fund subscription of adequate Agriculture Research Reports for researchers, acquired Agriculture Research Reports should be processed and shelved on time, acquisition policy towards ARL should be of top priority, and again, Nigerian Universities of Agriculture Libraries should open college of agriculture branch libraries that will have adequate security measures for ARL.

Project detailsContents
 
Number of Pages153 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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