International Journal of Development in Information and Library Sciences Vol.3 No. 1&2
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ALKALI, NURA-ABBA U.
Department of Library and Information Sciences
Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic
Katsina, Nigeria.


GAMA, UMAR G.
Department of Library and Information Sciences
Bayero University
Kano, Nigeria.

 

Abstract


This study investigated the Availability and Awareness among academic on Online Databases Subscribed to by University Libraries in Katsina State. The objectives of the study were to find out the online subscribed databases available, extent to which academics were aware of the online subscribed databases and sources through which academics became aware of the online  subscribed databases of the two universities (Umar Musa Yar’adua and Alqalam universities surveyed). Survey research method was used and the instrument used was questionnaire. Ninety nine (99) copies of questionnaire were distributed to respondents in which a total of eighty five (85) copies of questionnaires duly completed and found usable. Responses were analyzed using tables, frequency and percentages. The findings revealed that the online subscribed databases available in the university libraries in Katsina state include EBSCOhost, Nigerian vitual library, Sciencedirect, Jstor, Oare, Hindawi, MathSciNet, Hinary and Biolin. Most of the academics were aware of the online subscribed databases available. Meetings and Social Interactions were the major sources responsible for creating awareness among the academics.
It is therefore recommended that management of the libraries should introduce new techniques and programmes aimed at creating awareness of their resources and services among their users.