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subject read over and signed the informed consent document (see Appendix I) and then
sat for the interview. The interviews generally lasted for 30 minutes with the longest
lasting nearly one hour. Each interview was taped for later transcription. The investigator
also took notes during the course of the interview.
Each of the in-depth, semi-structured interviews followed an interview guide.
(See Appendix J.) Ellis (1993) felt the interview guide "lists the questions or issues that
should be covered in the interview but leaves the interviewer free to explore and probe
the issues. This should ensure that each interview covers basically the same ground but
gives the interviewer considerable discretion in the actual conduct of the interview" (p.
In a research memo following the first interview, the investigator noted that
additional interview questions were needed on how the Intemrnet may have changed the
research methods and processes for the faculty member; whether the faculty member
obtained ideas for future research projects from his or hers use of the Intemrnet; and what
current research projects the faculty member was pursuing. These questions were added
to the rest of the interview sessions. The investigator also noted a confusion on the part of
some respondents to both the questionnaire and in the interviews over the Angelo State
University Library's RAMNET service. This service is a gateway from the Library's
homepage to on-line database search services such as OCLC's FirstSearch and Lexis-
Nexis' Academic Universe. In some cases, the use of this gateway service could have
represented the majority of the respondent's perceived use of the Intemet. This type of
use would still fit within the definition of Intemet usage, "... accessing Web sites and
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