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When to use THOMAS and when to use GPO Access

GPO Access and THOMAS for Legislative Research is an excellent article at comparing and contrasting these two major government resources.

GPO Access and THOMAS are essential congressional research systems sponsored by the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Both are available online for free. GPO Access and THOMAS each take a different approach to legislative information and most researchers need to use both. The question is not “which is better” but rather “which is better for the task at hand?”


IT cheat sheets for all

Terrific resources for tech trainers as well as Information Technology folks.

"They may seem like no-brainers to you, but some of your IT tricks and workarounds look magical to your peers. We've collected our favorite IT cheat sheets on topics ranging from AS/400 to HTML and Outlook so that everyone can look like a whiz."

    via LibrarianInBlack


Mastering Email Overload

Considering how much we use email to communicate, day in and day out, it would behove us to use it as effectively as possible, or we could spend our days doing nothing but reading and responding to email. I've read many articles on using email efficiently, but never found one that offered more than common sense advice.
That's why I really espcially enjoyed Tips for Mastering E-mail Overload by Steve Robbins.


Attention PowerPoint Users!

PowerPoint gets lots of bad press, but it all comes down to not using the program properly. Brainy Betty provides "Free PowerPoint Backgrounds & Templates, Tutorials, Tips and Tricks and hundreds of Free Business and Educator Downloads & Resources are here." This is a terrific site for learning how to use PowerPoint effectively and to get free and nicely designed templates by this graphic artist.


Upcoming Webcasts

Infopeople has two upcoming webcasts in the Technology Tuesdays series. First up, at noon on February 8, is "Metasearching: Librarians Like Searching, Users Like Finding," presented by Roy Tennant. Roy is returning to Infopeople after an absence of several years, and we are very pleased to have him back, since he has been one of our most popular trainers. In this webcast, Roy will cover the basics of emerging metasearch tools.



Need a mentor? Want to be a mentor? This topic at -- The Librarian & Information Professional's Career Development Center has information on how to find a mentor, what makes a good mentor, how to be a proactive protege, and more.



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