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appeared to be slightly less use of the Intemrnet in teaching activities than in research
activities. The only exception to this was the use by social sciences faculty members.
Both tenured and tenure-track faculty members made considerable less use of the
Internet in their service activities. There were no statistically significant differences by
tenure status or discipline areas on question 3, "I use the Internet to gather information
for my service activities."
As was theorized in the assumptions, tenure-track faculty members tended to
regard the Internet as the first place to check when researching a topic (question 4). The
difference between tenure-track and tenured faculty members was statistically significant.
Although the difference was not statistically significant, the social scientists had the
highest positive agreement rate on the Intemrnet as the first place to check when
researching a topic.
In question 5, "the Intemrnet provides quicker access to information than other
information providers," the discipline areas had a difference that was statistically
significant. Again the social sciences faculty members had the highest positive agreement
rate on being able to quickly access information through the Intemrnet rather than through
other information providers. The difference by tenure status was not statistically
There were no statistically significant differences on question 6, "researching a
topic on the Internet takes more time than I anticipated." All groups tended toward the
middle of the agreement scale concerning the amount of time it takes to research a topic
on the Internet.
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