International students’ experiences of using online resources for academic writing

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dc.contributor.author Tian, Ke
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-21T16:51:21Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-12-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7680
dc.description.abstract This qualitative descriptive case study investigates four Chinese international students’ use of online resources for academic writing in a western Canadian university. This study has direct implications for English as a Foreign Language/English as a Second Language writing instruction as well as international students’ use of university library. Methodological triangulation was used to collect data. This included a semi-structured interview, a computer-based writing task, and a think-aloud activity. Data was coded and analyzed within cases and re-analyzed across the four cases. The salient themes that emerged from this analysis include: indispensable role of online resources in academic writing; a solution to language problems; ability of evaluation; a solution to plagiarism; influences of search habits; concerns about graduate students; and the importance of professors. Four major findings of the study include: important uses of online resources for solving language problems; students’ search skills in online databases; students’ use of the UVic library; and the importance of professors’ instruction. These findings will be helpful for educators to consider as they work to integrate online resources for international students’ writing instruction; and for academic libraries to consider as they offer services to assist EFL/ESL learners. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject qualitative case study en_US
dc.subject triangulation en_US
dc.subject EFL/ESL writing en_US
dc.subject university library en_US
dc.subject online dictionary en_US
dc.subject online resources en_US
dc.subject search behaviour en_US
dc.title International students’ experiences of using online resources for academic writing en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Nahachewsky, James
dc.degree.department Department of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2017-12-05
dc.description.proquestcode 0727 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0399 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0515 en_US

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