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


Research Questions

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Research Questions

The study is qualitative in nature. Two core research questions are posed to help clarify the research problem, and each core question involves two follow up questions

1. What kind of library services do Chinese students feel they need most?

a. Do Chinese students attend library instruction sessions? What are their perceptions of the strength and weakness of these sessions?

b. How often do Chinese students ask reference librarians for help, and what kind of questions do they often ask?

2. How do Chinese students seek, gather, and evaluate information?

a. What resources do Chinese students mainly rely on to search information?

b. Do social and cultural background, and previous study experiences affect a student’s information-seeking strategies?

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