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journal articles than on secondary services as means of identifying the existence of
relevant articles" (p. 138). However, much of the previous research had not included
interactive retrieval systems using electronic databases. Their research studied faculty
members' usage of eight databases accessible from the library's on-line catalog located at
both the Chicago and Urbana branches of the University of Illinois. They conducted their
study to provide baseline data for future research. They did discover that faculty members
who made the most use of their desktop computers for other types of research were more
likely to use it for accessing the databases available through the on-line catalog. The
authors recommended that university computing centers and libraries reach out to
scientists who were not presently using these electronic systems and resources.
These same researchers (Curtis, Weller, & Hurd, 1993) also studied the
information seeking activities of faculty members in the health sciences at the University
of Illinois at Chicago. Curtis and her colleagues concluded that "as new formats become
available for accessing literature, the traditional formats for information continue to be
used" (pp. 389). Faculty members continued to use "the traditional methods of asking a
colleague, scanning a personal copy of a journal, perusing material in a departmental
collection, and, of course, going to the library" (p. 383). The most effective training
sessions for faculty members were those that were tailored to a specific audience. The
authors also noted that even if a university had a sophisticated computer system, not all
faculty members would use this resource.
Bao (1998) reported on the results of a survey of Internet users at Seton Hall
University. Although there was only a small number of faculty members included (3.8%)
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