THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNET TO
STUDENTS OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS IN
(A CASE STUDY OF IMO STATE UNIVERISTY OWERRI)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of contents
1.1 Background of the problem
1.2 Historical background of Imo State University
and its library
1.3 Objective of the study
1.4 Research question
1.5 Significant of the study
1.6 Scope of the study
1.7 Definition of basic concept
2.0 Literature review
2.2 The concept of the internet
2.3 Benefit of internet resources
2.4 Importance of internet to students
2.5 Services of internet t students
2.6 Summary of review
3.0 Research methodology
3.2 Research design
3.3 Population of the study
3.4 Sample size and sampling technique
3.5 Instrument for data collection
3.6 Procedure for data collection
3.7 Method of data analysis
4.0 Data presentation and analysis
4.2 Distribution and return of questionnaire
5.0 Summary of findings, conclusion and recommendation
5.2 Summary of the review
5.3 Conclusion of the study
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE PROBLEM
The word internet is a connection of millions of computers
around the glob, such that a user of one of the connected computers
could have access to any of the other computers.
According to Benson (2002) the internet is a loose of inter-
connecting commercial and non-commercial computer networks. The
constituent networks are tied together by telecommunications lines
and by their shared reliance on standard communications controls. The
internet with a capital “I” refers to a world-wide system of linked
computer system. When used with a small “I” it is a term used to
mean a group of inter-connected local networks. The net is the global
association of thousands of networks and millions of computers across
the world that carries data and makes the exchange of information
possible. This network of computers is also referred to as global
information system or information super high way.
The internet is also known by some people as the web, this is the
largest computer networks with thousands f network using a
communication protocol known as TCP/IP which means Transmission
Control Protocol/Internet Protocol.
The internet sometimes called simple “This Net” is a world wide
system of computer networks (connections)actually, it is a networks of
networks in which users or any one who uses one computer can if they
have permission to get information from any other computers (and
sometimes talk directly to users at other computers) on-line chat.
Before going into the project, there is need to shed light into
information and computer because as earlier stated that the internet is
a global association of thousands of networks and millions of
computers across the world that carries data and makes the exchange
of information possible. Like we know that computer is a mediator
between the users because is through the computer that the user
browses through the different website in the internet to get proper
The world book dictionary volume one A.K. also defined internet
as a global computer network which links smaller networks including
the universities, government resources and also individuals.
According to Cambridge International Dictionary of English,
internet is defined as the large system of many connected as the large
system of many connected computers around the world, which people
use to communicate with each other.
The internet is devoted solely for the purpose of connecting
people from different areas in the world and also providing or making
available information in a particular subject interest of the user. It also
enhances users communicating via-e-mail with peers in other cities, or
other culture or through contact with expert in the filed of interest.
According to Madu (2004), the internet is a public cooperative
and self sustaining facility accessible to hundred of millions of people
Physically, the internet utilizes a portion of the total resources of
the currently existing public telecommunication network. Technically,
what distinguish the internet is its utility of set of protocol called
Many internet users, electronic mail is most widely used
applicated on the net. One can also carry on-line conversations with
other computer users, using internet chart and more recently internet
telephone hardware and software now allow read time voice
1.2 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF IMO STATE UNIVERSITY
AND ITS LIBRARY
The then Imo State University in Uturu was established in 1981
following the bill passed by the late chief Mbakwe’s Administration on
the 13th of April 1981.
The school was officially opened in Etiti in 1981 with a second
campus at Aba on temporary site. The school was letter moved to
Okigwe by the then military administer major general Ike Nwachukwu
The establishment of the school grew out of the need for an
academic institution of the highest status owned supported and
managed by the state in order to attend the academic of Imo indigene
in gaining admissions into university the first phase of the permanent
building for the university was later completed at Okigwe, with an
ultra-modern university building. The university was renamed Abia
State University Okigwe in 1992 following the creation of new Abia
state from the old Imo state.
The present Imo State University Okigwe was left to Abia State
because of the change of asset which presented Imo State from
having no university now occupies the former temporary site of federal
university of technology Owerru (FUTO) at late Nwaebere campus
inheriting the physical facilities vacated by the federal university of
technology Owerri as they move to their permanent site at Ihiagwa.
The objectives philosophy as aspiration of the university includes
encouraging the advancement of learning in Imo state and Nigeria in
particular to guide all persons without discriminations of race, set the
opportunity to acquire higher education for the purpose of carrying the
philosophy and objectives. The university and its vice chancellor
professor O.E. Nwaebo 2009 till date.
The new Imo state university quickly matured and rose to the
occasion to defend her future and defend her motto: Excellence in
services guided by the philosophy and mission of the university as
enunciated by the founding fathers.
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The study is aimed at surveying the importance of internet to
student of higher institution.
However, the specific objectives are as follows:
1. To find out if students use the internet
2. To identify the reasons why students use the internet
3. To identify how often the student use the internet
4. To ascertain the contributions of the internet services to the
academic achievement of the student
5. To identify the factors affecting effective use of the internet by
6. To proffer solutions to factors affecting effective use of internet
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
The following questions were formulated in line with the objectives of
the study. They are as follows:
1. Do you make use of the internet?
2. Why do you use the internet?
3. How often do you use the internet?
4. How has the internet contributed to your academics?
5. What are the factors affecting effective use of the internet?
6. What are the solutions to the problems militating against effective
use of internet?
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
Considering the fact that internet is used in all faces of the
economy and in all fields of endeavour, this study will be of great
significance to the entire society particularly in academic institutions in
Nigeria universities especially to Imo state library. The study will be of
immense value to researchers conducting their studies in related
subject as it will remain a useful and reference document. The study
will also help in developing the knowledge of the researcher in the
internet facilities in academic libraries in Nigeria.
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The emphasis on this project is the importance of internet to
students of academic institutions in Nigeria, means that the researcher
will concentrate on the reason why internet is important to student. It
focuses on the following departments as area of study.
Department of Library and Information Science and Mass
Communication Students Imo State University Owerri.
Project is limited to the student of IMSU because the students
have similar objectives for making use of internet resources in their
1.7 DEFINITION OF BASIC CONCEPTS
IMPORTANCE: The state of facts of being great significance. It can
also be an exaggerated sense of one’s own value.
INTERNET: Internet is the largest computer network in the world.
It is a network of thousands of networks using the communication
known as transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP)
STUDENTS: Here, the student can be seen as a person who is
studying at a university or college.
ACADEMIC: Here, academic includes a lot of reading and studying
rather than practical or technical skills especially studying in school
INSTITUTION: Here, institution is the highest level of education
where you can study for a degree or do any research. They are
institution for knowledge generation and development to become
experts in many spheres of human endeavour.
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