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Fortin, Maurice G., Faculty use of the World Wide Web: Modeling information
seeking behavior in a digital environment. Doctor of Philosophy (Higher Education),
December 2000, 148pp., 5 tables, 11 appendices, references, 144 titles.
There has been a long history of studying library users and their information
seeking behaviors and activities. Researchers developed models to better understand
these information seeking behaviors and activities of users. Most of these models were
developed before the onset of the Internet.
This research project studied faculty members' use of and their information
seeking behaviors and activities on the Internet at Angelo State University, a Master's I
institution. Using both a quantitative and qualitative methodology, differences were
found between tenured and tenure-track faculty members on the perceived value of the
Internet to meet their research and classroom information needs. Similar differences were
also found among faculty members in the broad discipline areas of the humanities, social
sciences, and sciences. Tenure-track faculty members reported a higher average Internet
use per week than tenured faculty members.
Based on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with seven tenured and seven
tenure-track faculty members, an Internet Information Seeking Activities Model was
developed to describe the information seeking activities on the Internet by faculty
members at Angelo State University. The model consisted of four basic stages of
activities: "Gathering," "Validating," "Linking" with a sub-stage of "Re-validating," and
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