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Most of the existing models of information seeking by faculty members were
developed before the availability of the Intemrnet. This research project studied faculty
members at a Master's I university (Angelo State University) and attempted to determine
if the Intemrnet searching behavior and activities of Master's I university faculty members
varied from Ellis' behavioral model of information seeking by faculty members. If the
behavior did vary, then these variances would be described and modifications suggested
for the Ellis' model. The research design yielded information on how faculty members at
a Master's I university used the Intemrnet in their roles of researcher, teacher, and service
This research project used a combination of quantitative and qualitative
methodologies to gather data necessary to answer the proposed research questions. The
research was conducted in the following phases. Phase one involved collecting
quantitative data. A questionnaire was sent to all tenured and tenure-track faculty
members at Angelo State University. The questionnaires were analyzed using an
available statistical analysis program (StatPro). The questionnaire (see Appendix B) was
designed to solicit opinions of tenured and tenure-track faculty members' concerning the
Intemet's usefulness for assistance in finding information to complete research,
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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/m1/62/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .