Jato and Oresiri
Greener Journal of Internet, Information and Communication Systems Vol. 1 (2), pp. 055-060, April 2013.
ISSN:2354-2373 © 2011 Greener Journals
Students’ Use of Search Engines for Information Retrieval on the Web: A Case Study of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo
*1Michael Jato and 2Jamogha Oresiri
Adeyemi College of Education, Babs Fafunwa Library, Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: mikejato @yahoo. com
The study examined students’ use of search engines for information retrieval on the web in Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo. Research design that was adopted for the study is survey. Data for this research work was obtained with the use of questionnaire instrument. The sampling technique that was used is systematic random technique. Copies of questionnaire instrument were administered on the respondents in the lecture theater and the College Library; and the retrieved data was analysed in percentage (%) with the use of frequency table. The study revealed among others that majority of the respondents (63.12%) had no specific place for their online search; they used their mobile phones / laptop everywhere to search the internet. Only a very few of respondents (3.55%) used virtual library for their online search, many of the respondents (39.01%) used the search engine occasionally and majority of students (71.63%) used just one or two search engines on regular basis. Based on the findings, the researchers recommend that students should be enlightened on the importance of online resource for their academic success to propel them to use search engines often; and to use a lot of search engines from over 200 search engines available on the net to retrieve vital information. The librarians should embark on a serious publicity via the use of media such as flyers, notice board, face book, bulletins, seminars etc to attract students’ patronage to the virtual library.
Keywords: Search engines, information retrieval, web.