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The "Validating" stage in the Intemrnet Information Seeking Activities Model was
similar to Ellis' "Differentiating" stage and the "Verifying" stage found in his work with
his colleagues (Ellis, Cox, & Hall, 1993). In both models, the faculty member was
attempting to determine what sources or sites have the best and most reliable information
to meet an information need. The Internet Information Seeking Activities Model places a
greater emphasis on the validation activities than Ellis' behavioral model. The "Linking"
stage also included a sub-stage of "Re-validating" each time a faculty member followed
an embedded link in a Web site which re-emphasizes the importance of validating the
The "Monitoring" stages in both models held a similar purpose. Once the faculty
member discovered the desired resource(s) or reliable site(s), the faculty member would
continue to return to the resource(s) and site(s) for new developments or additional
The "Ending" stage added to the original Ellis' behavioral model was not probed
in the research for the Intemrnet Information Seeking Activities Model. This activity of
finishing the project was implicit in the work of the subjects interviewed for this research
Findings in Relation to the Research Questions
This section provides an analysis of the research findings in relation to the eight
research questions posed in Chapter 1.
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