Information needs of international students at a Malaysian University

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105363
Title:
Information needs of international students at a Malaysian University
Author:
Safahieh, Hajar; Singh, Diljit
Editors:
Khoo, C.; Singh, D.; Chaudhry, A.S.
Citation:
Information needs of international students at a Malaysian University 2006, :479-485
Publisher:
School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105363
Submitted date:
2007-05-26
Abstract:
The number of students studying away from their home countries is increasing. These students face various challenges when studying abroad, including meeting their information needs. This study investigated the information needs of international students at the University of Malaya. A questionnaire was designed and distributed to 70 students, of whom 54 (77.1%) responded. It was found the main information needs were related to the university, the faculty, and their programs of study. The students used the library in attempting to meet their information needs, although the frequency of library usage was generally low. The main barriers in seeking information were language related, and unfamiliarity with the library or-ganization and mission. Language proficiency appeared to be a barrier in being able to meet the information needs. Although the majority of the students considered themselves to be computer and Internet literate, but that did not have a relationship on the problems they faced in meeting the information needs.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Information Seeking Behaviors
Local subject classification:
information needs; international students; Malaysia

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSafahieh, Hajaren_US
dc.contributor.authorSingh, Diljiten_US
dc.contributor.editorKhoo, C.en_US
dc.contributor.editorSingh, D.en_US
dc.contributor.editorChaudhry, A.S.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-05-26T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:24:17Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-05-26en_US
dc.identifier.citationInformation needs of international students at a Malaysian University 2006, :479-485en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105363-
dc.description.abstractThe number of students studying away from their home countries is increasing. These students face various challenges when studying abroad, including meeting their information needs. This study investigated the information needs of international students at the University of Malaya. A questionnaire was designed and distributed to 70 students, of whom 54 (77.1%) responded. It was found the main information needs were related to the university, the faculty, and their programs of study. The students used the library in attempting to meet their information needs, although the frequency of library usage was generally low. The main barriers in seeking information were language related, and unfamiliarity with the library or-ganization and mission. Language proficiency appeared to be a barrier in being able to meet the information needs. Although the majority of the students considered themselves to be computer and Internet literate, but that did not have a relationship on the problems they faced in meeting the information needs.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSchool of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation needsen_US
dc.subject.otherinternational studentsen_US
dc.subject.otherMalaysiaen_US
dc.titleInformation needs of international students at a Malaysian Universityen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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