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members. Because of these time constraints, the research scientists and engineers could
not spend as long a period of time searching for information as did the faculty members
studied in the earlier research.
Ellis and Haugan noted that their research was part of a trend away from studying
large groups via "questionnaires or structured interviews, to a micro-approach, studying
small groups via observation or unstructured interviews" (pp. 384-385). This "micro-
approach" allowed for more in-depth observations and analysis necessary for model
building of complex behavioral activities involved in information seeking.
In his initial research and subsequent research with colleagues, Ellis did not
include Intemrnet searching as a major factor in the information seeking behaviors of his
subjects. In the initial research articles, the World Wide Web was just beginning to
become available for use by faculty members. At the time of his initial research, the most
likely on-line sources faculty members would use were on-line public access library
catalogs and commercial database search vendors, and possibly E-mail. Even with his
research with Haugan, the research scientists and engineers working for the oil firm
rarely reported Intemrnet activity.
What are the information seeking activities on and uses of the Intemrnet by and the
differences between tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the disciplines of the
humanities, social sciences, and sciences at a Master's I university?
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