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International Studentsí Information Needs and Use of Technology

Bharat Mehra and Dania Bilal

(Submission #73)


This paper reports the preliminary results of a pilot study that assessed the information seeking behaviors and priority information needs of international students and barriers they face in using various information and communication technologies (i.e., Internet/Web search engines, library digital resources, and online databases) for academic work. Results from this study will provide understanding of the critical cultural clues associated with international studentsí information seeking and information needs. They will also have implications for overcoming system design barriers for users from different cultural backgrounds to effectively interact with various technologies, and for providing user-centered services and system design improvements.


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