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One of the goals in teaching writing has been to include research. Rural high school instructors have been faced with the additional burden of teaching research with limited resources. Kitzhaber (1968) also draws a similar conclusion when he states that "many small school libraries are too small to provide adequate information for all but a few research topics" (p. ii). Large urban school districts are often able to spend more on library books and indexes than are rural schools. On an average large schools spend $48,000 on materials compared to $15,000 by the small rural school districts (Heintz, & Hodes, 1981). The urban student also has the advantage of availability of large city, college, and university libraries. In the past few years, modern technology has given the small school a new tool which can help even this disparity. The increased availability of online database retrieval has given these rural high school instructors that added tool. The primary purpose for including online searching to these schools was to introduce students to a library service that would enable them to perform research with less difficulty, and to provide them with information sources that were not available before (Craver, 1985).

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Communication and Training Technology

First Advisor

Roger A. Kueter

Second Advisor

Robert R. Hardman


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