A Comparative Study of Resource and Service Needs of International Students at an Academic Library

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International students constitute a large part of the student population on campuses in the United States. According to Open Doors Report of the U.S. Institution of International Education (2017), the number of international students in the United States was 582,984 in 2007. Ten years later, this number increased by 85% to 1,078,822, which means the total population of international students in the United States nearly doubled in the last decade (Institution of International Education, 2017). In 2017, the population of foreign students in Alabama was 9,549, which ranked 29th in the United States (Institution of International Education, 2017).

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