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Library play vital role in educational setting, its use helps in the development of individuals, groups and society. Effective use of library resources helps to achieve educational goals. The study was aimed at determining the knowledge and use of library resources by nursing students in two universities in South east Nigeria. A non-experimental, descriptive survey design was adapted for the study. Six objectives and four hypotheses guided the study. A sample size of 250 nursing students was drawn from a total population of 712 students using Krejcie and Morgan Power formula. Stratified sampling technique was used to select nursing students from 200 to 500 levels. Questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection with a 96.8% return rate. The instrument was validated by the supervisor and two senior lecturers that were experts in measurement and evaluation in the department of nursing science, university of Nigeria, Enugu campus. The instrument was pilot tested on 25 students with similar features and data obtained were subjected to split- half method and analyzed using Spearmans Brown reliability coefficient which yielded a coefficient of 0.75. Ethical approval was obtained from the ethical boards of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi. Written informed consent was obtained from the respondents and confidentiality of information maintained. Data were analyzed with Computer Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 20). It was descriptively analyzed using frequencies, percentages, mean and standard deviation. Hypotheses were tested using Chi-square, Independent samples t- test and analysis of variance. Probability value less than 0.05 and mean of 2.5 and above was considered statistically significant. Major findings revealed that majority of respondents had mean (2.46±1.3) and (P = .927) so, lacked knowledge of the use of library skills and resources; majority (78.9%) were occasional users of library resources while few (21.1%) were non users. However, actual users of library resources were less (19.9%) than the non- actual users (80.1%). The most frequently used library resources were books (54.5%) and journals (21.5%). Respondent’s reason for using library resources was to write assignments (53.4%) and projects/term papers (31.4%). Also, majority (139.3%) of respondents maintained ideal duration in the use of library resources. Major problem confronting respondents in the use of library resources was that resources were obsolete (46.1%) and inconvenient time of opening and closing of the library (22.8%). Conclusions were that few nursing students actually use library resources. The study recommended that proper awareness creation on library resource use be made to students, staff and others and policy makers in education to include stocking of libraries with current and relevant resources into their priorities. The study Suggested that further research be done on the following: Impact of student nurses use of library in nursing council and degree exams; performance of actual users of library resources versus standard of clinical nursing practice.

Project detailsContents
Number of Pages84 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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