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TECH TIPS

Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

~November 2011~

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EFFICIENT INTERNET SEARCHES


Have you done an Internet search recently?  Who hasn’t? Seems like the list of places to visit grows by the minute.  Sometimes the number of sites is so overwhelming it is just easier to not go searching.  Here are a few tips to make your next Internet search more manageable.


Using +, - and “ “ (quotes) to narrow your searches


Lets say you were looking up some ideas about managing volunteers on Google.com.  If you just type in “volunteerism” you get millions of returns.  Overwhelming! 


5,850,000 results


Your real interest is in recognition.  To narrow the choices add the word recognition with + sign  Volunteerism+recognition


2,780,000 results


You will get fewer sites, but likely it is still in the millions.  To reduce that number get more specific with the word hats. But, it goes in quotes. Volunteerism+recognition+”hats”


1,100,000 results


To narrow the search try eliminating a word.  For example, suppose you are looking for someone who sells apples.  Using only that word is likely to bring up Apple Computers as well as the fruit.  We used volunteerism for this example.  You could also try volunteer, volunteer + administration, or volunteer + management.


Using the plus sign and quotes took us from 5 million sites to 1 million.  Still big, but likely closer to the information desired.


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