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RITA VINE is back again to share her expertise in this ON-LINE COURSE


Beyond Google: Searching Faster and Smarter on the Web

Rita Vine, Canada's best-known Internet search trainer

You know about the "invisible" Web. You've heard about the limitations of even the "best" search engines. You understand how advertisers influence search results in popular search tools. You know that Google has changed its focus, but what other options are out there to find quality information on the open Web? How do you put that knowledge into practice to help you save time and search the Web more efficiently?

Learn best practices for effective Web searching without leaving your desk!


Begins April 3rd, 2006

The Benefits

You will come away with new ways of thinking about Web searching, including:

* Advanced search techniques and "best practices" for finding relevant reference and related resources on the Internet.
* Great, largely unknown resources that you can use and share with your colleagues and library patrons.
* Computer features and tools that dramatically enhance on-line searching efficiency and productivity.

Who Should Participate?

Designed by Canada's leading on-line searcher and trainer, this on-line program is designed for experienced Web searchers who want to expand their Web search horizons and go beyond search engines to other high quality sources of information. Participants are introduced to a wide variety of resources and top Web starting points, and will discover the best ways to search them effectively.

Key Topics You Will Explore

* Why popular search engines are making searching harder not smarter
* Rules-of-thumb for using search engines
* A simple 3-step method for finding good information fast
* When you don't know where to start -- top subject starters for resource discovery
* Finding phone, e-mail and address information
* Finding facts: Fact-finding tools and search portals
* Timesaving tips and tricks - no special software required!


Member: $229.00 + GST
Non-Member: $279.00 + GST

Register at www.thepartnership.ca. Go to "Education Institute" and then click on the date!

Rita Vine is Canada's best-known Internet search trainer. She is the co-founder of Workingfaster.com, which helps professionals break through the clutter of the Internet and access information that matters. Rita has been a professional librarian for over 20 years, and has held positions at the University of Calgary and University of Toronto libraries. She is the lead selector of the Search Portfolio, a peer-reviewed Web toolkit of the top 100 search sites on the Internet. Rita is a sought-after keynote and conference speaker and continues to bring her unique brand of energy, humor and commitment to the topic of Web research.

What previous participants say....

This course did exactly what I hoped it would do - it forced me to clear some time to examine Web resources and think about them. Rita's excellent knowledge which came through in the information and exercises provided each week and the great postings from my fellow students really kept me focused and provided me with expert help which made the task so much easier than it would have been had I attempted this kind of professional development on my own.

This on-line course is wonderful and should be a 'must' for every librarian! It was so well organized and presented, allowing each learner to take what he-she needed. I loved that I was able to work on this course as time permitted in my life... I did not have deadlines that 'had' to be met - rather I had work that could be accomplished on my timetable - that is a bonus! Looking at the 'big picture' it is designed for so many different professionals - not just librarians! I even tested the course often with queries for some of my hobbies and was still able to work well Beyond Google!

I thoroughly enjoyed your excellent course. I learned a great deal and felt my existing knowledge was reinforced. I will recommend this course whenever I can. The structure of the course was excellent, clear, well organized and easily accessible.

Excellent program. I would recommend it to anyone who needs to work with the Internet on a regular basis (and thinks they know what they are doing!) It was on-line so I could learn when convenient and go over material at my pace (be it early morning or late night) and be assured good feedback at any time.

This was an excellent course. I was able to stay on top of assignments and learn as I went. Course reflected a good understanding of what we face on the reference desk - types of questions, time constraints, etc. The concrete examples added to a show, don't tell mode, so the learning points were made and then reinforced.

This on-line course was the first one I have taken that involved interaction on a bulletin board. This aspect was worthwhile in itself. The course quality and quantity was excellent and I will recommend it to my colleagues. I liked the emphasis on the various tools - search engines, subject starters, quick lookups, and specialized databases. The session on how to keep focused on the question and how to do research was outstanding. Even seasoned searchers of print resources, who know how to keep on track, still get thrown off topic by all the interesting links that come up when Web searching.

Developed for the Education Institute by Workingfaster.Com.

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