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scientists held the highest positive agreement rate of the Intemnet. Sciences faculty
members were in the middle of the agreement scale. By contrast the opinion responses by
tenure status were relatively the same for both groups.
Again on question 11, "more often than not, I can find exactly what I want on the
Internet by using a search engine," there was a statistically significant difference among
the discipline areas. Social sciences faculty members held the highest positive agreement
rate on using search engines to find information on the Intemrnet. Faculty members in the
humanities and sciences held relatively the same opinions. There was not a statistically
significant difference by tenure status.
There were no statistically significant differences on question 12, "I use the
Internet as the primary means.., to stay in touch with my colleagues." All the groups
indicated that the Intemrnet was an important tool for contacting and communicating with
their colleagues both on and off campus.
Unlike the other questions on the questionnaire, question 13, "based on the
definition supplied in the cover memo, please estimate the number of hours per week you
spend on the Intemrnet," provided true ratio level data. A simple t-test revealed a
statistically significant difference based on tenure status. Internet usage was defined in
the cover memo and in Chapter 1 as "the use (on at least a weekly basis) of the Intemrnet to
read and participate in listservs and discussion groups, accessing Web sites and remote
databases for needed information, and/or for collaborative work (E-mail) with colleagues
on research projects." Tenure-track faculty members reported averaging nearly 10 hours a
week on the Intemet. Their tenured colleagues estimated their average time spent on the
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