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Many of the meta- search engines integrate search results...; some rank the results
according to various criteria; some allow selection of search engines to be searched" (Liu,
Time- and convenience-related factors: For the purposes of this research project,
time- and convenience-related factors include the concepts of speed of access; easily
obtained documents, articles, and other materials in full-text, image formats; and
timeliness of information retrieval and delivery.
Traditional information providers: Include academic, personal, public, school, and
special libraries as well as fee-based information services including vendors such as
DIALOG and STN.
Non-Internet users will not be studied.
Only tenured and tenure-track faculty members at a Master's I university will be
studied which limits the generalization of the study.
Although Ellis based his model on research conducted with faculty members at a
British university, it is assumed that British faculty members have similar information
seeking styles as American faculty members at a Master's I university.
Tenure-track faculty should be newer to the profession than those faculty
members already possessing tenure. Therefore, it is assumed that the tenure-track faculty
members are more recent graduates and will have had more exposure to using the Internet
to conduct research and in classroom activities than faculty members with tenure.
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