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Use and Documentation of Electronic Information: A Survey of Eastern Regional Technology Education Collegiate Association Students

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Hassan Ndahi

Old Dominion University, US
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An Assistant Professor in the Occupational and Technical Studies Department at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

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Computer technology is rapidly changing how students access and disseminate information. The idea that technology will make information quickly available to the individual goes back to the early days of the computer, which began with punch-card technology in 1890 and continues with the use of integrated circuits and the revolution of the personal computer in the late 1970s (Stephenson, 2002). Since the beginning of the microcomputer revolution, the dream of information retrieval has become a reality. It would have been difficult to guess 50 years ago that pictures and words could be sent and viewed instantaneously at a remote site at the whim of the user. Yet this is what the Internet provides. It is not a technology for selected individuals or professions, but for everybody, all occupations and all age groups. The importance of the Internet and World Wide Web cannot be overemphasized because of the innumerable ways that it can be used for educational purposes. One very important way that this technology is serving the scientific community is through research and communication (Brody, 1996). Library resources from universities across the country and the world can be accessed through the Web (Francis, 1997), a capability of great importance to instructors, researchers, and students everywhere. Today, information that can benefit students is available in virtually all fields of study, but only if they can use the technology well. Certainly, there are students who do not use it to its full capacity due to lack of knowledge of its capability or of how to use it.
How to Cite: Ndahi, H. (2003). Use and Documentation of Electronic Information: A Survey of Eastern Regional Technology Education Collegiate Association Students. Journal of Technology Education, 14(2), 19–27. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v14i2.a.2
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Published on 22 Mar 2003.
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