The objectives of the the study were to investigate the
usage of the online public access catalogues (OPACs) by
overseas students to discover whether they need a special
session to use OPACs, and to find out whether using the
OPAC helps to improve their studies.
A questionnaire survey was carried out to discuss the use
of online public access catalogues by overseas students in
Loughborough University. The results of the survey
indicated that there were two types of overseas students:
first, those who had used OPACs, and second, those who had
not used OPACs before coming to Britain. Some of the
overseas students had attended the training session on how
to use the OPACs run by the library staff during their presessional
course. The others learned to use the OPACs
either through friends or by themselves.
The analysis and discussion of the survey related
to postgraduate and research students only because of the
poor response rate by undergraduate students during the Pilot Survey. Recommendations to improve library services to cater for
the needs of overseas students are included with the
A Master's Dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts degree of Loughborough University.