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CJLIS: Vol. 1 No. 2, Dec. 2018

Provision of Open Access Web Links for Postgraduate Students by Private University Libraries in Nigeria

  • Danjuma Onu Ajibili
December 20, 2018


The purpose of this study was to examine the provision of open access web links for postgraduate students by private university libraries in Nigeria. A descriptive survey research design was used for the study. The population of the study (603) consisted of all postgraduate students in three Nigerian private universities, irrespective of their courses of study. A multi-stage sampling technique using 20% of users in each stage or stratum was used to select 150 postgraduate students for the study. The researcher developed a questionnaire titled “Availability of Open Access Website Links Questionnaire†(POAWLQ) and an observation checklist, which were used to collect data for the study.  A total of 150 copies of the questionnaire were distributed to respondents, out of which 143 copies were returned and found to be correctly filled. This gave a response rate of 95.3%. The data collected were analyzed using Mean (X) and Standard Deviations to answer the research questions. The major findings of the study were that the overall availability of open access linkages in the libraries was poor. Also, the general utilization of the limited available open access web links in the library is low. Based on the findings, it was recommended that libraries should endeavour to provide links to various open access websites on their library webpage, the library should often organize seminars and workshops on the availability of open access links on their library’s webpage, the need to provide power backup to enhance stable Internet service, in-house training for library staff to equip them towards assisting users in maximizing these linkages provided by the library, among others.