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styles, or system capabilities)" (p. 225). Ellis (1993) felt that a quantitative approach was
"ideal for obtaining an overall... picture of information use by a particular group but it
is ill-suited for providing a more authentic picture of researchers' perceptions of their
information environments and more integrated accounts of their information- seeking
activities" (p. 469). To obtain this "more authentic picture" Ellis recommended using the
qualitative approach of Glaser and Strauss' Grounded Theory.
Procedures for Data Collection
Upon obtaining Institutional Review Board approval at both the University of
North Texas and Angelo State University, all tenured and tenure-track faculty members
at Angelo State University received a packet containing a cover memo (Appendix A) and
questionnaire (Appendix B). The cover memo explained the purpose of the research
project and the definition for Intemrnet usage. The cover memo also indicated that the
questionnaires were coded for identification of potential candidates for the in-depth,
semi-structured interviews. The cover memo also included the usual reassurances
concerning confidentiality of all responses. Finally, the cover memo provided instructions
for returning the completed questionnaires.
Faculty members were given approximately two weeks to return the
questionnaires. There were provisions for sending a reminder (Appendix C) through the
campus E-mail system at intervals of one week and at one and half weeks. This reminder
utilized the "Faculty" group address for the E-mail system. All ASU faculty members
have an E-mail account on the University's network. After the two week time period
elapsed, individual notices were sent to non-respondents.
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