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Information Needs and Seeking Behaviour of Undergraduates in Ajayi Crowther University Oyo State, Nigeria

The study investigated information needs and seeking behavior of undergraduates in Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo Nigeria. The aim was to determine undergraduate students’ academic information needs and seeking behavior, to establish the problems encountered in the process of information seeking, and suggest strategies for developing healthy information seeking behavior. The survey research was carried out, with samples drawn respondents from all the three faculties in the University, namely; faculties of Humanities, Natural sciences, with Social and management sciences. The three faculties have fifteen (15) departments all together. The sample consisted of 145 undergraduates. Questionnaire was used for data collection and data collected was analyzed using percentages. The results gave an insight into the factors that influenced Undergraduates’ academic information needs which include: examination, assignment, research and personal development. Also, findings from this study revealed that information needs of undergraduates are gender-based; males like sport and politics-related information, while females like beauty and fashion-based information. The study makes recommendations that could improve Undergraduates’ information seeking behavior.

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