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communicating with colleagues, teaching and service activities, and frequency of use.
The "Comments" section allowed the faculty members to supply additional information
concerning their views on the Internet's role in aiding their work as researchers, teachers,
and service providers.
Kuhlthau's work (1994, 1993, 1991, 1988, & 1983) and that with her colleagues
(Kuhlthau, Turock, George, & Belvin, 1990) guided the development of the questionnaire
used in this research project. Kuhlthau's questionnaire design solicited participants'
"perceptions of six areas of library use: topic selection, research assignments, focus
formulation, procedures for gathering information, frequency of library use, and role of
mediators" (1991, p. 364). Kuhlthau and her colleagues used this questionnaire design in
replicated studies with all types of library users (public, school, and academic). Data she
collected from the questionnaire and from qualitative research methodology led to the
development of her "Information Search Process" model. Her questionnaire results have
consistently proven reliable over the development of the model and through replicated
studies. The questionnaire developed for this research project merely changed library
concepts and wording to those relating to the use of the Intemrnet. In a recent doctoral
research project, Byron (1999) adapted Kuhlthau's "process" survey questionnaire to
study the "Information Search Process" model in a virtual learning environment. Similar
to the questionnaire used in this research project, Byron merely adapted terminology
from the virtual learning environment to the "process" survey questionnaire.
Phase two involved the collection of qualitative data. Based on the responses from
the returned questionnaires and by using theoretical sampling techniques (Ellis, 1993 &
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