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”We have to fix so many things before we can even start living here” En grupp utbytesstudenters upplevelser av sökandet efter information under en termin i Prag
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
”We have to fix so many things before we can even start living here” The experience of a group of exchange students looking for information during a semester in Prague (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this master’s thesis is to examine how exchange students experience looking for information in their new life situation during a semester in Prague. A further purpose is to investigate what barriers they have faced and how this affected their information behavior. Six qualitative interviews of students constitute the empirical foundation for the study. The interviewees are from six different European countries, were all participating in the Erasmus program, and all had social sciences/humanities/art as their main subject. The empirical findings were analyzed with the use of T.D Wilson’s context oriented model of information behavior from the article “Information behavior: an inter-disciplinary perspective”. This includes for example the theory of stress and coping from the psychology. The result shows that exchange students are dealing with a complex of problems, being both a student and a newcomer. A certain level of stress is experienced when it comes to getting informed, especially in the initial part of the exchange. One main barrier is the Czech language, which also functions as a great activating mechanism. By learning this, the exchange students get more independent in their use of information and they also get closer to the Czech society. Other common barriers are related to the bureaucratic system in international student offices, libraries and other places where information is supposed to be accessible. Even if the impressions are split the library is a quite well used source among the students. Socials contacts, such as other students and local people, are also important sources, especially when it comes to overcoming the barriers.

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University of Borås/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) , 2009.
Series
Magisteruppsats i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap vid institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1654-0247 ; 2008:122
Keywords [en]
erasmus, prag
Keywords [sv]
utbytesstudenter, informationssökningsbeteende, barriärer, informationsbehov, biblioteksanvändning
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-19192Local ID: 2320/4579OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-19192DiVA, id: diva2:1311126
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Uppsatsnivå: DAvailable from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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