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relevant sites. Simply put, if the site had the needed information and it was deemed valid,
then these faculty members felt it was a useful site.
Research question 5: What differences in opinions concerning the usefulness of
the Intemrnet for research and the classroom exist between tenured and tenure-track faculty
members as well as among faculty members in the three discipline areas of the
humanities, social sciences, and sciences at a Master's I university?
Based on the responses to the questionnaire, tenure-track faculty members at
Angelo State University held a higher, positive agreement rate than their tenured
colleagues for the questions concerning the use of the Intemrnet to gather information for
their research and classroom activities needs. They also held a higher positive agreement
rate on the concept of the Intemrnet being the first place they check for information.
Faculty members in the social sciences held a higher positive agreement rate on the
question of using the Intemrnet to gather information to meet their classroom activity
needs. This same group of faculty members (social scientists) also felt the Intemrnet
provided quicker access to information than other information providers. The majority of
the faculty members in the humanities disagreed with the statement that the Intemrnet was
the most important place to find information. The majority of the faculty members in the
social sciences either agreed or strongly agreed with the same statement. Finally a
majority of the social sciences faculty members agreed with the statement that they could
find exactly what they wanted by using an Intemrnet search engine.
Research question 6: What differences in usage of the Intemet exist between
tenured and tenure-track faculty members as well as among faculty members in the three
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