Students of higher institution of learning spend quality time surfing the internet using their internet enabled phones as shown in extensive literature review. In this research, we examined the degree to which computer science students of the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic use their mobile phones for the purpose of helping them get academic information. We also investigated how often the students used the internet on their mobile phones and what interest them most on the internet, and determined how often they visit the internet for academic purpose. We used five research questions to determined and tested with questionnaire serving as the main instrument for data collection. A total of 1000 questionnaires were distributed among the students of different programmes at different levels of study. The results show that 93.54% of the respondents used their mobile phones to consult online scholarly articles meant for academic assignments, and 6.46% do not. Most of the respondents (51.21%) used their mobile phones to search for academic information when asked question on main benefit for using the internet on their mobile phones, accessible everywhere (29.29%), shopping online (11.01%), Way of passing time (6.06%), and Use online utilities and Undecided (1.21%). The results also show most of the respondents (31.31%) used google for academic search application while online, followed by Wikipedia (7.68%), Safari (1.92%), and Jstor (1.01%). This might be as a result that google is commonly widely used search engine.
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