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FALCON: an interactive library instruction tutorial

Stefanie Dennis (Stefanie Dennis ( is Assistant Professor and Interim Coordinator of Electronic Resources at Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA.)
Kelly Broughton (Kelly Broughton ( is Coordinator of Reference Services, both at Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



Bowling Green State University Jerome Library’s Web tutorial, FALCON, models a standard library instructional session on the use of the library’s Web‐based catalog. Tutorials can be particularly helpful in reaching large numbers of students. The degree of interactivity and the design of a tutorial are dependent on the goals of its creators and the intended audience of the product. Several features make FALCON unique. It is interactive, self‐contained and focuses on a single resource. Interactivity is accomplished without scripts or forms. The tutorial’s self‐containment, achieved with a complex system of files and without a live catalog connection, enables users to learn how to search the catalog at their own pace, at a time or place of their choosing and without the threat of venturing into cyberspace. Future enhancements to the tutorial will include assessment and evaluation materials.



Dennis, S. and Broughton, K. (2000), "FALCON: an interactive library instruction tutorial", Reference Services Review, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 31-38.




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