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Most of the existing models of information seeking by faculty members were
developed before the advent of the Internet and the inter-connectivity made possible by
this linking of networks. Additional research is needed on the uses faculty members make
of the Intemrnet in their daily research, teaching, and service activities; how the Internet
effects faculty members' information searching behaviors and activities; and the criteria
used for selecting useful Web sites. By undertaking this research at a micro-level
(studying a single group of faculty members at one institution), a better understanding
was gained of any differences among faculty members in their usage and opinions of the
usefulness of the Intemrnet. In addition, an analysis of information seeking behaviors and
activities by faculty members in a single institution made possible the creation of a model
to describe these behaviors and activities.
This research project described what uses faculty members at a Master's I
university made of the Intemrnet in their daily research, teaching, and service activities and
the opinions they hold as to the usefulness of the Internet. The project also determined if
any variances existed in the information seeking behavior and activities between Master's
I university faculty members' use of the Intemrnet and the behavioral model created by
Ellis. Additional purposes were to determine the criteria faculty members used to
determine a useful Web site and the differences in usage between tenured and tenure-
track faculty members in the discipline areas of the humanities, social sciences, and
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Fortin, Maurice G. Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment, dissertation, December 2000; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2723/m1/17/: accessed February 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .