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The Impact of the Internet on Research: the Experience of Delta State University, Nigeria

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A questionnaire was used to gather data from the academic staff of the Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. The results revealed that more male staff that use the Internet, that library staff are the predominant users in the university, and that access is primarily through cybercafes, rather than at home or in the office. The majority of the staff use the Internet for e-mail, research information and academic material, and to communicate with colleagues. The Internet has been beneficial for quick access to current research information. The study recommends that the university set up an Internet center for the staff, with formal training provided

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... Karim and Hassan (2006) also mentioned that the exponential growth in digital facts has modified the manner students perceive, observe and analyze information. Adegboji and Toyo (2006) in their study on the impact of Internet on research stated that internet contributed notably to the ease of studies through downloading resources. ...
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... This agrees with the result of Jagboro [2003] who claimed that majority of the students surveyed use cybercafes. The use of cybercafe as an access point to internet does not exclude the lecturers as well [Adogbeji andToyo, 2006 andAwoleye, et. al., 2008]. ...
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... (Alsharhan, 2007: 101). And also contributed significantly to the ease of research through downloading materials (Adegboji & Toyo, 2006). When talking about the Internet and its utilization in education highlights the following question: Is the Internet a new fashion and fad of the present century fads can be used in education? ...
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... The explosive growth of mobile computing and wireless network has helped educational institutions stay at the forefront of this changing world. Ogbenevwogaga and Ogbenevwogaga (2006) assert that the Internet has been of great help to higher education institutions both in the developed and developing nations. Ajala (2000) in his study of Internet awareness, accessibility and use identifies slow server speed and viruses as the problems of using the Internet. ...
... ISSN 1447-9494 2200 teachers in the United States showed that most teachers use the internet for educational purposes rather than for entertainment (Becker, 1999). With particular reference to the internet, a wide range of studies exist which show its importance and impact on higher education and research (Wilkinson, et al., 2003; Adogbeji and Toyo, 2006 ; Rajeev and Amritpal , 2006; Adeya and Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, 2002; Awoleye and Siyanbola, 2006; Glenda et al., 2006; Jagboro, 2003; Ibegwam, 2004 and Chinwe, 2006). Altogether, this body of literature points to the fact that ICTs do increase students' access to education; improve curriculum contents and quality of instruction ; and increase teachers' productivity in terms of academic publications. ...
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... Mathew and Schrum (2003) university students use the Internet for communicating with the professors through emails by asking for clarification or reporting information, e-mailing papers, and getting feedback. Secondly, they use the Internet to get materials (web links, notes, practice, quizzes, hints for test etc.) from professional websites, checked grades, and accessed resources from Web CT. Adegboji & Toyo (2006) concerned that Internet contributed significantly to the ease of research through downloading course related materials. They relied mostly on Internet sources for the big project they downloaded study aides. ...
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... Adegboji and Toyo [32] in their study on the impact of internet on research reported that internet contributed significantly to the ease of research through downloading materials. It is commonly believed that researchers and students in higher education institutions are battling the problem of inadequate and out-of-date materials. ...
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... That the internet resources has made it easier for them to find required information, increase their motivation to search for information, enabled quick communication of research findings and increased their level of exchange of information with colleagues. That the internet resources positively impacted on research activities of scientists and which is in agreement with the findings of Adogbeji and Toyo (2006) who reported that more than 90 percent of the sampled lecturers at Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria agreed that the internet resources has added value to their academic pursuits in terms of quick access to research materials, including online journals. The major problem identified by the Agricultural Research Scientists' was high cost of Internet usage and the slowness of the internet connection at the various institutions. ...
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... The resulting outcome of inadequate or lack of affordable connectivity is that universities in Nigeria are unable to satisfy the information needs of students, researchers, professors, scientists and libraries with tools needed to be involved in building a knowledge economy. It is established fact that in the present world the use of internet as a tool for teaching, learning and research cannot be overemphasised [1]- [4]. ...
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... Provision of reliable information is another major reasons for using ICT resources. Adogbeji (2006) states that if research must be reliable, it must be based on reliable information and the easy access to this information which is highly required by scholars. The Internet and other ICT resources are providing these services. ...
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