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databases, known Web sites with academic oriented information, or using search engines
to find relevant sites. In the area of personal use, these faculty members reported using
the Intemrnet to make travel and vacation arrangements, purchasing personal items, E-
mailing friends and acquaintances, catching up on favorite TV programs or to listen to
music, and managing personal financial portfolios. To a much lesser extent, these faculty
members used the Intemrnet for service related activities.
Only three of the interview subjects indicated they tested their research ideas,
findings, and conclusions by utilizing listservs or E-mail discussion lists. One tenure-
track faculty member in the humanities stated "I couldn't do this if the Intemrnet wasn't
available." Several other subjects indicated they did collaborative work with colleagues at
other institutions and used E-mail to accomplish this collaboration. All of the interview
respondents indicated they did use E-mail to stay in touch with their colleagues. One
tenured faculty member in the social sciences felt that E-mail replaced the telephone and
"snail" mail for staying in touch. A tenured faculty member in the humanities commented
that she used the Intemrnet and E-mail to organize her professional life (running
conferences, acquiring information for administrative assignments on campus, and for
professional association commitments). Several subjects noted they routinely monitored
listservs for developments in their respective research interests; submitted via E-mail
abstracts, proposals, publications, and papers; and participated in on-line discussions.
Recurring themes of the responses given by these interview subjects concerning
why they used the Intemet were the easy nature of browsing and searching, the
accessibility from home and the office, and the staggering amount of information
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