ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

Information Behavior of International Students Settling in an Unknown Geo-spatial Environment

Chi Young Oh, Brian Butler, Myeong Lee
University of Maryland College Park, United States of America

Monday, Nov. 3, 8:30am


This paper presents the findings in a project about how international students seek and acquire information during their settlement in an unknown geo-spatial environment. Through semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, and cognitive mapping methodology with twenty international students, this study examines their information needs, information sources, and settlement experiences in the host country. Findings of the study include their (1) focus on acquiring basic, survival-related information; (2) active use of internet-based information sources including online/mobile maps; (3) information behavior of wandering around and information encountering; (4) co-national social networks playing a key role as information sources. Implications are discussed in ways to further our understanding of international studentsí information behavior and contribute to its improvement.