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massive amount of information available on the Intemrnet contributed to their use of the
Internet over making a trip to the library. From the responses to the questionnaire, the
majority of these respondents held a very high opinion of the Intemrnet's ability to deliver
information more quickly than traditional information resource providers.
Research question 3: How do Master's I university faculty members use Intemrnet
search engines to find information on the Intemrnet?
Like most users of the Intemrnet, faculty members at Angelo State University used
a wide variety of Intemrnet search engines to find relevant sites with information to fulfill
their information needs. They quickly adapted from one search engine to the next
depending on the amount of relevant sites retrieved while executing search statements.
They recognized that no one search engine indexed all of the Web. Some preferred the
weighted average feature of some search engines or how the information was displayed
by the search engine. All respondents to the interview phase of this research project made
use of search engines.
Research question 4: What criteria and factors do Master's I university faculty
members use to govern the choice and usefulness of a Web site/homepage to meet an
Again based on the responses to the interviews and comments from the
questionnaire, these faculty members felt the primary concern for choosing a useful
Internet site involved the content and validity of information found in the site. They were
very concerned with finding reliable information while filtering out the unreliable or non-
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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/m1/99/: accessed October 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .