Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment Page: 53
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
periodical collections in the institution's library. They also made use of abstracting and
indexing resources as well as personal contacts.
Ocholla (1996) reported on a preliminary study of information seeking behavior
by faculty members at Moi University in Kenya. Their primary means for obtaining
information were reliance on the university library, personal contacts, and textbooks.
"Information-seeking behaviour is likely to differ from one discipline to another and
between levels of progammes, such as undergraduate and graduate. This we believe will
apply to the level of research and teaching emphasis in an institution or programme.
Information resources used by academics are likely to differ depending on the
programme level, the discipline, or nature of institutional/departmental emphasis"
(p. 354). As with the Indian faculty members, there was virtual no use of Intemrnet or other
electronic resources by these Kenyan faculty members.
All disciplines of study within higher education are adapting to the use of the
Internet to find information and aid in scholarly communication and exchanging ideas.
"Within the context of modem information development, faculty are building and
revising their search patterns. Techniques of finding, managing, and sharing everything
from listserv postings to printed books are developed and considered regularly"
(Westbrook, 1999, p. 23).
Although there has been considerable research on and model development to
describe the information seeking behavior and activities of faculty members, there has
been little research on the use faculty members make of the Intemet. The developed
Here’s what’s next.
This dissertation can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Dissertation.
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/m1/60/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .