Information needs of students in Israel - A case study of a multicultural society

R. Greenberg, J. Bar-Ilan

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Students turn to a variety of sources when searching for information for their academic assignments. This study uses findings from a survey given to 151 Israeli students attending a university in Israel. A questionnaire comprising 12 questions was administered regarding their information needs, information behavior, and difficulties in searching and writing an academic assignment. A special emphasis of the study was on the multicultural environment of the Israeli students and its effect on their information behavior. Results show that there is a significant difference between native language groups with regard to the use of search engines, the use of library services, and in the patterns of conducting their academic assignment. The findings imply that when the language of instruction and assignment delivery is the students' second language, they have special needs and should receive particular attention from the library and information services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Academic assignments
  • Academic library use
  • Information behavior
  • Information needs
  • Second language students


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