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~ May 2002 ~
  • Searching Made Easier

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
Ethiopian Proverb

Ahhhthe all-powerful web! This month we will look at several search engines on the web, which will allow you to tackle your searches more efficiently. Let's go!

Searching Made Easier
  • Profusion [] is one site that connects you to over 1,000 information sources all at once. You can look up subjects by keyword, or use one of more than 20 presorted topic searches.
  • Another meta-search sites include Metacrawler
    [], Metor [], or Dogpile, []. It's good idea to hit all of them if you can't find what you are looking for at one of the big search sites
  • When you just can't seem to locate the right information, find a specialized search engine. The Search Engine Guide []
  • If you want to find a person or an address, surf to
    AnyWho [], WhoWhere [] or 411, [].

Speaking of Absolute Individualism Being an Absurdity

What would you as a ready like to see in the Tech Tips column? As an individual columnist, I can come up with topics, but I would much rather glean ideas from the Volunteer Today community.

Therefore, if there is a technology subject, issue, or topic that you would like to see covered in Tech Tips, share it with me today. You can email me at

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey

Georgean is a trainer and consultant in the areas of nonprofit management and volunteer involvement. She holds a Master's degree in Education/Staff Training and Development and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Indiana University.

Georgean is an Adjunct Faculty member of Ivy Tech State College with the Business and Industry Training Department. Her articles have been published in the Florida Libraries Journal and The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances.

Georgean conducts national and regional workshops on Train-the-Trainer, Customer Service, Conflict Management, Staff/ Volunteer Relations, Fundamentals of Volunteer Management, Family Volunteering, Trends in Volunteerism, and other aspects of Volunteer Management.

Georgean is immediate Past Chairperson of the National Government Volunteer Coordinator Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC. She is Past Chairperson and Founding Officer of Northeast Indiana Association of Volunteer Administration, a professional membership organization representing 60 nonprofit/voluntary organizations. She is a member of the Association for Volunteer Administration, the Points of Light Foundation, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Prior to starting her training and consulting company she served for several years as the Manager of Volunteer Services in healthcare, library, and social service organizations, leading programs of 500 volunteers.

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
Blue Vision Training
15419 Timber Hollow Trail
Fort Wayne IN 46845
Phone: 260.338.1414
Fax: 260.338.1707


Copyright 2002 by Nancy Macduff.