This study presents the usage of smartphone technology by Information Science and Library Management (ISLM) students of Dhaka University (DU) in Bangladesh. The major objective of this research is to explore the academic contexts in which ISLM students find smartphones helpful. The other objectives of this paper are to examine which educational applications they use the most, to determine which search engine they use in smartphones for academic purposes, as well as to investigate the overall significance of smartphones on academic achievements of ISLM students. The respondents were selected randomly only from ISLM department under the faculty of Arts at the Dhaka University (DU) and the survey was conducted in January, 2018. The study was carried out through survey method using a pre-structured questionnaire. One hundred and thirty six (136) questionnaires were distributed among the students and 116 applicable questionnaires have been received. This quantitative research used the questionnaire as the most important instrument for data collection. Finally, data has been processed and analyzed using SPSS and MSExcel. The findings revealed that 100% of the respondents are using smartphones.The research also indicated that majority of students have been using smartphones mainly for reading scholarly articles and books in terms of academic perspective. For learning purposes, the majority of the respondents were found to use different educational applications and dictionary was recognized as the most useful educational app to the students. All students confirmed that they use search engines for getting academic help and Google was reported to be the most used search engine among them. The highest percentage of students considered the contribution of smartphones as highly significant in their academic achievements.
Keywords: Smartphone, Educational applications, search engine usage, Information Science and Library Management students, Dhaka University.