Third, only through research can the university make a contribution to the growth and development of the nation.
It is through the production of graduates with new ideas that the university helps create innovations for the growth and development of industries and government, thereby promoting wealth and development.
The library provides the needed required materials, data, information, and literature for research.
Sadiq (2005) points out that the university library provides research facilities and resources to researchers, and in addition renders technical information services.
They also include autobiographies, correspondence, literary works, interviews, personal narratives, political analysis, review of law and legislation, abstracts, chronologies, guidebooks and manuals, population registers, etc.
Apart from the economic impact of university research, research is also an index for ranking universities.
Nwalo (2003) describes services to researchers to include answering reference queries, user education, compilation of reading lists and bibliographies, indexing and abstracting, interlibrary loan, and current awareness services.
According to Reitz (2005), research resources are a comprehensive collection of materials in a specified field of interest selected to meet the information needs of serious researchers.
According to him, traditional research work is first published in journal articles (primary), and then found in secondary tools that organize the primary literature.
Hopkins (2007) highlights sources of research information to include personal papers, letters, diaries and journals, photograph and paintings, maps, sketchers, advertisements, posters, banners, memoirs, news footage, newspaper articles, speeches, oral histories, minutes of meetings, material artefacts, computer software, e-mail archives, web documents, etc.