n Mousaion - Use of print and electronic resources by students at the University of Malawi College of Medicine

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



The proliferation of information available in electronic format has been perpetuated by rapid technological advances. Users have a choice between print and electronic resources. At the same time, the use of these resources is determined by what is available to the users and what the users prefer. Problems that users encounter in accessing resources determine their preference for either the print or the electronic format. The purpose of the study was to evaluate students' use of print and electronic resources at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. Using the survey method and a self-administered questionnaire and interview, findings indicated that students used both print and electronic resources. However, print resources were more heavily used than electronic ones. The students also preferred print resources to electronic. A lack of computers and low levels of computer and information literacy contributed to the underutilisation of electronic resources.

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