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Several subjects noted that because of the convenience, accessibility, and ease of use,
they used the Intemrnet and on-line databases before they would come to the library. A
tenure-track faculty member in the humanities cited the fact that his bibliography
building was much easier since all he had to do was download bibliographic information
from an on-line database. A tenured, social sciences faculty member felt he was now
more productive because of information access over the Intemrnet. The time he spent on
the research process of gathering and retrieving information was greatly reduced because
of his Intemrnet usage.
Other subjects felt they were more thorough in their literature searching because
of the vast number of on-line databases and Web sites available over the Intemrnet. Several
noted that the Intemrnet had broadened their research interests. A tenured faculty member
in the social sciences reported that when questions were raised by students in his
classroom, the Intemrnet allowed him to research topics in entirely new fields he previously
would not have bothered to check. The Intemrnet's convenience and speed of access gave
him the freedom to research these questions and respond back to the students at the next
class session. Previously he would not have pursued the topics and questions because that
would have required time in the library and making the trip to the library. One tenured,
sciences faculty member commented that the Intemrnet connected her to the world. She
could share research ideas and collaborate with colleagues she normally would not be
able to coordinate with her work. As another respondent noted, this type of collaboration
made possible by the Intemet would strengthen research because of the cross-cultural
data gathering and analysis of findings.
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Fortin, Maurice G. Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment, dissertation, December 2000; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2723/m1/87/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .