E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Winter 2002

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Winter 2002) 3(1-2). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v03n01/Solanes_e01.htm.


Copyright 2002, the authors. Used by permission.


Library use instruction in the Library System of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is an important issue that involves librarians, faculty and students. The Library System aims to have autonomous library users by teaching and engaging them in effectively using the resources offered by the library. Web tutorials offer a relaxing environment to students who can learn at their own pace and when they require it.

Gnosis II is a web-based tutorial, in Spanish, built by three librarians of the Library System, a faculty from the School of Nursing and staff from the Computer Department of the University. It allows undergraduate students to learn and develop library research skills mainly on the Nursing field. It includes the following modules: the library, bibliographic search, source citation, information search on Nursing, and FAQ’s. Using the library tutorial helps students to become "information literate". The article includes screens from different modules of Gnosis II and information on the objective of the product, its audience, methodology, structure and content development, uses and evaluation of the tutorial.