Low Utilisation of Online Research Resources by Lecturers: Causes and Remedies

Florence Chiedu Omumu, Olufunke Chenube, Caroline Ochuko Alordiah


Research findings are vital to a country's progress; hence, conducting research is essential. Numerous online research resources (ORRs) are available to assist with the research process in the twenty-first century. Apps and websites that researchers can utilise to aid their research are known as online research resources. Online research resources have been known to affect the research process positively. Nevertheless, researchers in developing countries seem not to be using them. This paper explored the reasons for not using them and how to correct the errors. The population of this study comprised lecturers in tertiary institutions in three states in Nigeria. The sample consisted of 54 lecturers (48% female and 52% male). The study used a semi-structured interview technique to gather the data, which was analysed using the thematic technique. The findings indicated that the causes of low utilisation of online research resources included an inadequate demonstration of the needed skills, awareness, interest, and willingness to embrace new technologies. Others are that online research resources were not included in tertiary institutions curriculum and poor mentoring process. In addition, poor internet services, poor sensitisation, irregular electricity supply, and few experts in that area were other reasons. The remedies identified by the respondents include workshops, seminars, and training that institutions and academic associations should carry out. Creating more awareness, personal development, and productive mentorship should be addressed by academia. Others were that the online research resources should be included in the curriculum of tertiary institutions and WIFI services should be provided in all tertiary institutions. If these remedies are implemented, there will likely be an increase in the utilisation of online research resources during the research process. This study's findings have implications for Nigeria and other developing countries. Replication of this study in other developing countries will improve the validity of our findings.

Keywords: Research, online research resources, low utilisation of online research resources, tertiary institutions, lecturers.

DOI: 10.7176/IKM/12-4-02

Publication date:June 30th 2022

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