This study focuses on developing an understanding of U.S. study-abroad students’ knowledge and confidence levels in using their home institution libraries from abroad. Data from a questionnaire survey administered to students at the time of active engagement in ten different study-abroad programs in Costa Rica are presented; the data reveal relative uncertainty by the students about the possibilities of interfacing with their home institution libraries while abroad. Further consideration of this distinct user group is warranted, and the article includes data-driven recommendations for better serving our study-abroad students.


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Kutner, L. (2009). Think locally, act globally: Understanding home institution library engagement among study-abroad students. College and Research Libraries 70(2), 158-176. http://crl.acrl.org/content/70/2/158.full.pdf+html


study-abroad students, academic libraries

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