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Title:A study of the information behaviors of African refugees
Author(s):Hassan, Musa Dauda; Wolfram, Dietmar
Subject(s):Information behavior
Information needs
Information seeking
African refugees
Abstract:We provide preliminary findings of a study of the information behaviors of African refugees living in an urban area in the Midwest of the United States. Twenty-six participants completed a questionnaire of their information needs and seeking behaviors, participated in an interview regarding these behaviors and/or participated in a focus group session. Data collected from these three data sources were analyzed to better understand the challenges recently arrived African refugees en-countered. Participants' information needs centered around housing, health care, employment and education. The participants were not necessarily satisfied with the information they were able to find, and they reported initially relying heavily on their case workers as sources of information when they first arrived in the United States until they were able to establish larger networks of contacts, which expanded their information sources and behaviors.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Musa Dauda Hassan and Dietmar Wolfram
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-22

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