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Research question 1: What research, teaching, and service information needs
influence a Master's 1 university faculty member to choose to use the Intemrnet to find
From information gathered in the interview phase of this research project and
from the "Comments" section on the questionnaire, Angelo State University faculty
members used the Intemrnet to satisfy a variety of information needs. These included
academic needs related to research for publication and professional papers, classroom
activities for lectures and interacting with students within and outside of the classroom,
communicating with colleagues and students, and monitoring various Intemrnet sites for
ongoing information and keeping up to date. These faculty members also used the
Internet to satisfy many personal information needs such as making travel arrangements,
shopping for new products, and managing personal finances.
Research question 2: What time- and convenience-related factors influence a
Master's I university faculty member to use Intemrnet information resources over more
traditional information resource providers?
In responding to the interview questions and from comments on the questionnaire,
faculty members at Angelo State University felt one of the primary reasons for using the
Internet over traditional information providers like the library was the convenience of
accessing the Intemrnet from their offices, classrooms, and homes. The Intemrnet provided
quicker and easier access to information than previously available through a traditional
information provider. This type of access was cost efficient in both resources and time
spent finding and retrieving the information. Many of the respondents felt that the
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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/m1/98/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .