Electronic Information Access and Utilization by Makerere University Students in Uganda


  • Constant Okello-Obura Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
  • Elisam Magara Makerere University, Kampala Uganda




Electronic Information Resources, Electronic Information Access, E-resources, Makerere University Library, Makerere University, Library and Information Science Students


Objectives – The objectives of this study were to establish the level of computer utilization skills of Makerere University (Uganda) Library and Information Science (LIS) students; to determine the use of electronic information resources by LIS students; to determine the attitudes of LIS students towards electronic information resources; and to establish the problems faced by LIS students in accessing electronic information resources.

Methods – A questionnaire survey was used for data collection.

Results – The majority of Library and Information Science students at Makerere University depend on university computers for their work, and very few of them access the library’s e-resources. The few who access e-resources are self-taught. The majority of students surveyed were unaware of Emerald and EBSCO databases relevant to Library and Information Science students, and they found accessing e-resources time-consuming.

Conclusion – The study concluded that a concerted effort is needed by both LIS lecturers and university librarians in promoting use of the library’s electronic resources.


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Author Biographies

Constant Okello-Obura, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda


Elisam Magara, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Associate Professor




How to Cite

Okello-Obura, C., & Magara, E. (2008). Electronic Information Access and Utilization by Makerere University Students in Uganda. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 3(3), 39–56. https://doi.org/10.18438/B8ZS58



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