Date of Award

Fall 2021

Publication Type


Degree Name




First Advisor

C. Smith

Second Advisor

Z. Zhang

Third Advisor

H. Jacobs


Academic research, Canadian post-secondary Institutions, Chinese international graduate Students, Information literacy, Internet censorship



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Previous research identified that Chinese international students face challenges in acquiring information literacy. However, few studies have addressed the influence of Internet censorship. Thus, this study aims to explore the adaptation of Chinese international postgraduate students during the transition from undergraduate study in China to postgraduate study in Canada, with reference to their information literacy skills under the impact of Internet censorship in China. Data collection for this study was comprised of two components: an online survey and individual interviews with four participants. Examined through the mechanism of Internet censorship in China created by Roberts (2018), the findings conclude that Internet censorship affects the Chinese international graduate students’ information literacy acquisition by restricting expression of and access to information. Finally, to enhance the development of students’ information literacy, it is vital that they seek support and advice from the university, and their teachers and peers.