The number of international students in American universities has increased over the years and has drawn great attention from librarians, library staff, and researchers. In order to serve this particular patron group more effectively, a number of studies have been conducted to understand their difficulties in using American library systems. In consequence, different approaches have been taken to try to help them. As each university or college may have its own library instruction system, and as the composition and features of international students at different universities may vary, it is difficult to apply available strategies without a thorough understanding of a particular university’s student information search behaviors and information needs. This study is designed to understand the current level of information competency skills of international students at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). The study focuses on their information needs from the perspective of user services, while determining if a new set of reference and library instruction strategies is needed.

Publication Date

Fall 2008