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spent a great deal of time looking for reliable sources of information or determining the
validity of retrieved information. A tenured faculty member in the social sciences called
this unreliable information "scandal mongering." He felt his students accepted too much
of what they found on the Intemrnet as being true without taking the time to verify the
information. A tenured faculty member in the sciences commented "[you] can't rely on
everything you find." An Intemrnet user has to develop and use critical thinking skills in
utilizing materials from the Web.
Stage 3 of the Internet Information Seeking Activities Model is a "Linking" stage
which concerns chaining the links embedded in Web sites to seek additional information.
Most Web sites have embedded links which either lead a user to additional sites with
further information on the original topic or to new pages within the original Web site.
Links can also send a user to sites with related information on specific aspects of the
topic in question. Included in this stage is a sub-stage of "Re-validating." Each time the
user goes to a new link, the user must go through a validation process to determine the
reliability of the retrieved information from the linked site.
The fourth and final stage in the Model involves "Monitoring" activities. Once a
faculty member finds a useful and reliable site, the faculty member will often bookmark
that site in order to easily return to it and check for new and updated information. This
activity stage also includes monitoring listservs and discussion lists on a particular
research field or topic. This stage also includes activities of traditional monitoring of on-
line databases for references to new articles of interest on a research area or monitoring
electronic journals for new developments on research topics of interest. A tenure-track
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