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faculty member in the sciences commented that he had between 100 to 150 bookmarked
sites. This allowed him to quickly find sites that he needed to retrieve information to meet
his research and teaching activity needs.
Parallel to these stages of information seeking activities are two other stages of
frequent Intemrnet activities: "Communicating" and "Mentoring." The "Communicating"
stage was simply staying in touch with colleagues and students by using the E-mail
capabilities provided by the Intemrnet. These activities included exchanging ideas,
submitting drafts of papers and articles, answering student questions and accepting their
homework assignments, and collaborating with distant colleagues on research projects. A
tenure-track, humanities faculty member stated she could not do the work with her
colleagues and students "if the Intemrnet wasn't available."
The second parallel stage of "Mentoring" involved the faculty members working
with their students. These activities included teaching students how to use the Intemrnet
and developing critical thinking skills in formulating search statements, evaluating Web
sites, and helping them integrate electronic and print resources. Several of the faculty
members commented on their class assignments where they had their students evaluate
Web sites and use retrieved information in their semester projects. Table No. 5 depicts
the Intemrnet Information Seeking Activities Model.
With the exception of the greater emphasis placed on validating information
retrieved from the Intemrnet, the Intemrnet Information Seeking Activities Model depicted in
Table No. 5 does not fundamentally change Ellis' behavioral model of information
seeking by faculty members. The "Gathering" stage in the Intemet Model is the
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