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Model of Intemrnet Information Seeking Activities
The Intemrnet Information Seeking Activities Model detailed below attempts to
highlight the major activities faculty members at a Master's I university performed in
their Intemrnet use. The model was developed based on the analysis of the in-depth, semi-
structured interviews. This section also includes a comparison of the Intemrnet Information
Seeking Activities Model with the major stages in Ellis' behavioral model of information
seeking by faculty members.
Stage 1 of the Intemrnet Information Seeking Activities Model is a "Gathering"
activity. This stage simply combines both academic (research and teaching) and personal
or pleasure information seeking activities on the Intemrnet. Faculty members have either a
specific or general information need and choose to use the Intemrnet to seek information to
satisfy that need. They choose the Intemrnet because of the vast amount of information
available over the Intemrnet and because it is so convenient to use the Intemrnet from their
homes or from their offices. They spend this stage in activities that search the Intemrnet for
information and then actually retrieve that information for their use. A tenured faculty
member in the humanities stated that the Intemrnet had definitely aided his information
seeking activities by providing him with new information that was "so topical." A
tenured faculty member in the social sciences noted that the Intemrnet had "speeded...
up" his information seeking activities.
Stage 2 of the Intemrnet Information Seeking Activities Model involved
"Validating" activities. Because of deep concerns about the reliability of information
found on the Intemet and the dubious sponsorship of some Web sites, faculty members
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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/m1/93/: accessed November 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .