ERIC Number: ED438815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-13
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The Experience of Non-Native English-Speaking Students in Academic Libraries in the United States.
Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Jiao, Qun G.; Daley, Christine E.
This study compared native and non-native English-speaking university students with respect to frequency of library usage and reasons for using the library, as well as differences between these groups with respect to levels of library anxiety. Findings were intended to be used in the planning and implementation of library services for international students. Two instruments were used in the study: the Demographic Information Form (DIF), and the Library Anxiety Scale (LAS), a Likert-format instrument that assesses levels of library anxiety according to five subscales (barriers with staff, affective barriers, comfort with the library, knowledge of the library, and mechanical barriers). Subjects comprised 522 undergraduate and graduate students from two universities. These students came from 15 non-English-speaking countries representing the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Findings suggested that: (1) non-native English-speaking students visited the library more frequently than native English speakers; (2) for both non-native and native English-speaking students, obtaining a book or article for a course paper was the most common reason for using the library, followed by studying for a test; and (3) non-native English speakers had higher levels of library anxiety associated with barriers with staff, affective barriers, and mechanical barriers, and lower levels of library anxiety associated with knowledge of the library than native English speakers. (Contains 25 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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