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For question 7, "when searching on the Intemrnet for a topic, I need a librarian's
assistance," the only statistically significant difference was among the broad discipline
areas. Humanities faculty members were most likely to seek a librarian's assistance and
science faculty members were least likely to seek assistance.
There were no statistically significant differences on question 8, "when searching
on the Internet, I need a colleague's assistance." The responses to both questions 7 and 8
revealed either a reluctance to seek assistance with Internet searching or these
respondents felt sufficiently skilled to search the Intemrnet on their own. In looking
forward to the responses to question 14, the majority of the respondents rated their
Internet searching abilities as either expert (21.0%) or intermediate (64.0%) and there
were no statistically significant differences either by tenure status or by discipline areas.
By contrast a frequent comment on both the questionnaire and in the interview phase of
this research project was frustration with not being able to search the Internet and find
needed information or retrieving so many irrelevant sites with the use of search engines.
There were no statistically significant differences on question 9, "I feel that I can
find the majority (50%+) of the resources I need for my research, teaching, and service
information needs from the Intemrnet." The responses tended to cluster around the middle
of the agreement scale.
The responses to question 10, "the Internet has become the most important place
for me to find information," revealed a difference that was very statistically significant
among the discipline areas. The humanities faculty members had the most negative
agreement rate of the Internet as the most important place to seek information. The social
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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/m1/77/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .