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remote databases for needed information ,...", as described in Chapter 1 and in the
cover memo to the questionnaire.
Analysis of the In-depth, Semi-structured Interviews
For a summary of interview responses, please see Appendix K. All quotations in
this section were taken from the transcripts of the interviews. In order to maintain
confidentiality, no identification beyond tenure status and broad discipline area was given
to the respondents' quotations or paraphrases of their opinions. This was necessary given
that many of the academic departments at Angelo State University were small and have
only one or two individuals in some specialized fields.
On the interview questions concerning for what purposes and types of resources
these faculty members searched and used the Intemrnet, the responses clustered around
both academic and personal use. For academic use, the respondents reported using the
Internet from home and the office to gather information for both research purposes and
for classroom activities. Other academic purposes included communicating with
colleagues and with students. One respondent, a tenure-track faculty member in the
sciences, noted that he posted class notes, grades, and assignments either through
personal E-mails or through the class' Web site. He used the Intemrnet to access
information within the classroom and received homework from his students via the class
Web site. One tenured faculty member in the social sciences felt most of his Intemrnet use
was student driven. He used the Intemrnet to verify good information and refute incorrect
information students had given in his classes. For all of the respondents, most of the
information gathering for academic purposes involved using on-line serial publications or
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