Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment

Creator

  • Author: Fortin, Maurice G.
    Creator Type: Personal

Contributor

  • Chair: Newsom, Ronald W.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Totten, Herman L.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Lumsden, D. Barry
    Contributor Type: Personal

Publisher

  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas

Date

  • Creation: 2000-12

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: There has been a long history of studying library users and their information seeking behaviors and activities. Researchers developed models to better understand these information seeking behaviors and activities of users. Most of these models were developed before the onset of the Internet. This research project studied faculty members' use of and their information seeking behaviors and activities on the Internet at Angelo State University, a Master's I institution. Using both a quantitative and qualitative methodology, differences were found between tenured and tenure-track faculty members on the perceived value of the Internet to meet their research and classroom information needs. Similar differences were also found among faculty members in the broad discipline areas of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Tenure-track faculty members reported a higher average Internet use per week than tenured faculty members. Based on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with seven tenured and seven tenure-track faculty members, an Internet Information Seeking Activities Model was developed to describe the information seeking activities on the Internet by faculty members at Angelo State University. The model consisted of four basic stages of activities: "Gathering," "Validating," "Linking" with a sub-stage of "Re-validating," and "Monitoring." There were two parallel stages included in the model. These parallel stages were "Communicating" and "Mentoring." The Internet Information Seeking Activities Model was compared to the behavioral model of information seeking by faculty members developed by Ellis. The Internet Model placed a greater emphasis on validating information retrieved from the Internet. Otherwise there were no other substantive changes to Ellis' model.

Subject

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Internet in higher education.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Internet searching.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Information retrieval.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Angelo State University -- Faculty.
  • Keyword: Internet information seeking

Collection

  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT

Rights

  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Fortin, Maurice G.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • OCLC: 47769581
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc2723

Degree

  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Discipline: Higher Education
  • Academic Department: College of Education
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas

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