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Appendix F provides a listing of all of the responses contained in the
"Comments" section of the questionnaire. The most frequent comments (16 from tenured
faculty members and 20 from tenure-track faculty members) concerned both good and
bad experiences searching for or gathering information from the Intemnet. A tenure-track,
social sciences faculty member commented "I wish I had this resource when I was a
student. It is a major aid to my work." By contrast a tenure-track, sciences faculty
member commented "The internet sic) is, so far, no substitute for books. It is an
impressive communications medium, but is not going to supplant my book research any
time soon." There were many (13 tenured and 11 tenure-track faculty members)
comments about the quality and validity of the information found on the Intemnet. A
tenured faculty member in the sciences commented "I only look on the net sic) for things
likely to be on the net (sic). Much of the information on the net sic) is biased more than
other common sources. Only 'true believers' seem to want to take the time to post their
information (or misinformation)." A tenured faculty member in the social sciences
commented "Major concern is credibility of posted materials/information."
Despite these negative feelings, 34 individuals (19 tenured faculty members and
15 tenure-track faculty members) did express praise for the Intemrnet. A tenure-track
faculty member in the social sciences commented "The Intemrnet has become an integral
part of pedagogy and research activities. Therefore I rely very heavily on the Intemrnet to
assist me in those activities."
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