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Information and Knowledge Management ISSN 2224-5758 (Paper) ISSN 2224-896X (Online) Vol.3, No.5, 2013

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shown that Wikipedia; a non search engine; and Ask.com; another search engine are also popularly used by Nigerian Law students. It is therefore concluded in this research that Google, Wikipedia and Ask.com are the three most popularly used information channels. Table 5 below shows analysis of print resources used by the respondents. In Table 5, respondents use Nigerian indigenous textbooks majorly for print information search while they use Nigerian primary materials, reference materials, foreign law textbooks, Newspapers, Journals and lecture handouts less for information search. Table 5 further shows locations of information search. From the analysis, institutional Law Libraries are frequently used by the respondents while court libraries and Law firms are rarely used as locations for information search. The popular use of indigenous textbooks (under Table 5 below) in the analysis correlates with findings from the interview. For example: “I get background of topics from print because of the ease in getting textbooks”. However the interview data provides more information which portrays the reason behind the frequent use of print textbooks. According to the interview findings, respondents use textbooks to get background information on topics and also use it to know the holdings in case laws. Thus respondents use textbooks as substitute for law reports. The quotation below provides evidences of findings from the respondents: “I prefer textbooks for cases [because] they [provide] summary of what is in Law reports...” Table 5: The Print Materials and Locations Used for Research Print Materials

Average Frequency

Remark

Nigerian Indigenous Textbooks (IND)

1

Very Frequently

Nigerian Primary Materials (Statutes, Laws, Codes, Law Reports)

2

Frequently

Reference Materials (Encyclopaedia of Laws, Law dictionaries ) Foreign Law Textbooks (F)

2 2

Frequently Frequently

Foreign Law Primary Materials (FP)

3

Occasionally

Journals (J)

2

Frequently

Newspaper (NWS)

2

Frequently

Thesis/Dissertations (T/D)

3

Occasionally

Court Libraries (CL) Law Libraries (LL)

4 2

Rarely Frequently

Law Firms (LF)

4

Rarely

Lecture Handouts (LH)

2

Frequently

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Information seeking behaviour of final year law students in south western nigerian universities  
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