IMPORTANCE OF INTERNET TO STUDENTS OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA
This research investigated the importance of internet to students of academic institutions in Nigeria by library students and students of Imo State University Owerri.
A sample size of 399 of the students was surveyed. The instrument for data collection was questionnaires were used for data analysis.
The study reveals that the importance of internet to student constitutes the most important aspect of academic enhancement; it helps and support students in acquiring knowledge especially the library students and other students. It also reveals that these students have different responses and different approaches in the importance of interne either by academic culture or for other reasons peculiar to them. The different categories of internet websites are used by students and their reasons for using them depend on the individual users. The findings also reveals that the students utilizes the internet in order to assist them in their various research works and thereby providing the needed information in their field of interest
The utility of the internet and its websites as an aid to student appears to be means and channel of enhancing their knowledge.
More importantly, the study seek to establish how internet importance are utilized by student in tertiary institutions especially the Imo State University student.
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 information.
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.