Understanding ESL/International Studentsí Experiences Using Canadian Academic Libraries: A Proposal
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A large volume of literature and research from the United States of America indicates that ESL/International students experience difficulties using American academic libraries. ESL/International students constitute a small but significant percentage of the student population at the University of Alberta, Canada. However, very little is known about their experiences with Canadian academic libraries.

The objective of the proposed research project is to gain understanding of the experiences of ESL/I students in using Canadian academic libraries. The proposed data collection method is semi-structured interviews. The data will then be analyzed within the context of the Association of College and Research Librariesí (ACRL) standards of information literacy. The anticipated contribution to the field is an understanding that ESL/I students in Canada have a unique experience that needs to be studied, so that libraries can provide information literacy instruction that will meet the needs of this user group.