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available over the Intemrnet. The currency of the information allowed them to keep in
touch with the latest developments in their research interests and monitor personal
financial investments. As one tenure-track faculty member in the humanities stated that
because the scope of the Intemrnet was very broad, this was where he could find the most
current information on his research topics. A tenured faculty member in the social
sciences felt that the Intemrnet was so "massive and the content and breadth of
information" made the Intemrnet a "universal library." A tenure-track faculty member in
the humanities felt the Web was better for information on lesser-known, minority authors
than for well-established authors. She also felt the Internet provided better information on
multiculturalism than printed sources.
Mashhadi and Han (1996) noted that "The information and communications
revolutions that have resulted in the Internet have built a means of information exchange
which has 'annihilated' distance and time, and accelerated the process of creating a
global community of inquiry" (p. 4). A tenured faculty member in the social sciences
agreed with these authors when he stated "The computer destroys two things: distance
and time." The Internet allowed him to contact colleagues and access information from
wherever he was located either on campus, at home, or out of the city.
Other factors cited for using the Intemrnet were the inexpensive nature of access;
how fast information could be retrieved; and how easily the Internet allowed one to
search and research topics that previously where ignored because of time and distance
constraints. At the same time, these interview subjects reported being frustrated with the
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