A Proposal to Investigate the Information-Seeking Behaviors of Chinese Students at Canadian Academic Libraries



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Chinese students are typically defined here as 18 years or older Chinese international students who are studying at University of Alberta.

Information-seeking behavior is the purposive seeking for information as a consequence of a need to satisfy some goal ( Wilson, 2000). Here it particularly refers to the activity that a Chinese student locates, gains and evaluates information for academic study.

Library service refers to an act or a variety of work done by library staff to assist users. (Merriam-Webster Online).

Academic library is a library that is part of an academic institution such as a college or university. An academic library supports the curriculum and research needs of its students, faculty, and staff (ODLIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science).

Reference librarian is a librarian who works in public services, answering questions posed by library patrons at a reference desk, by telephone, or via e-mail. A reference librarian may also be called upon to provide point-of-use instruction on the use of library resources and information technology (ODLIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science).

Library instruction session is a period of time used by library staff to teach or instruct library users how to use library facilities and services (Merriam-Webster Online).

Strategy is a logical series of steps for planning and preparing an efficient way to collect pertinent information on a given topic (Definitions of Library Vocabulary and Terms).

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