Ancestry.com Library Edition

One of the many great databases the Poughkeepsie Public Library District provides to its library card holders is the Ancestry.com Library Edition.  This database provides access to over  7,000 record collections, including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps. Individuals with a library card who live in the city or town of Poughkeepsie can access this database via the library website from the comfort of their own home! But if you are not a city or town of Poughkeepsie resident–don’t despair! Just visit one of our branches and speak to one of our friendly librarians, and they can help you use this wonderful resource on one of  the library’s public computers.

If you would like to learn more about how to get the most out of this database, the Public Computer Center offers an Introduction to Ancestry.com workshop. Please visit our online calendar at http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=POKLIB#3380122 for more information and to register.

Check Out the New GCFLearnFree.org!

One of the PCC staff’s favorite sites to recommend for technology training (for both the public and for us!) is GCFLearnFree.org. They relaunched their website this week with changes designed to make it easier for users to move around the website and locate the topics they are interested in learning more about.

Don’t worry about changes in content though–all of the information that previous users found so helpful is still there. GCFLearnFree.org  offers a comprehensive selection of tutorials on topics such as:

  • Technology basics
  • Microsoft Office
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Job searching, resume writing, and interviewing skills
  • Everyday life skills such reading maps, managing your money, and reading food labels

Visit GCFLearnFree.org and start learning today!

What Not to Do on the Internet

Since internet safety is always a pertinent topic, I wanted to share this humorous story from Yahoo Tech about what to do (or not to do!) to keep your online accounts safe from hackers. Easy passwords, using the same password for every site, fake emails, cell phone numbers for account verification, and paying for help are all discussed in a witty fashion by the author.

 

How to Get Hacked in 5 Exciting Steps

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/how-to-get-hacked-5-exciting-steps-77015513634.html

Undo and You

When you are working in a Microsoft Office program (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.) and you press a key or click a button and something goes wrong, what can you do to fix it? It’s pretty simple if you know what you did, but sometimes it’s not that obvious.

Look for the Undo button at the top left of the screen (in the Quick Access Toolbar). It looks like a backwards blue arrow. When you click the button, it undoes the last action (typing, deleting, etc.). Clicking it again undoes the previous action.

The Undo button is available in Microsoft Office programs and you may find it in many other programs/applications that you use.

If you don’t see an Undo button, or if you prefer to use the keyboard, there is another option for you. There is a key combination available for Undo – Ctrl+Z.

To use the key combination, press and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard, press and release the letter Z, then release Ctrl. If you need to Undo another action, you can use the key combination again.

Try using Ctrl+Z on web pages where you can type – it works there also.

If only Undo was available in real life!!

Out of Work? Follow This Advice to Make Yourself More Marketable to Potential Employers

This week I thought I would share an article from the very popular career blog Ask a Manager, written by Allison Green. In this post, she answers a reader’s question regarding why employers are turned off when they hear about how much time this person is spending on their job search. The short answer is that when unemployed, we all should focus on activities that will make us more marketable (such as volunteering or learning a new skill), as opposed to focusing on just improving our job searching skills.  But to read the full article, which I highly recommend, click on the link below.

http://www.askamanager.org/2013/12/why-are-employers-turned-off-when-they-hear-how-much-time-i-spend-on-my-job-search.html

Google Tips

Many of us find Google to be a useful search engine, but we could all benefit from tips to make our search experience easier and more effective.

How Strong is Your Google Fu? is useful for the beginner Google user, and has tips on using special symbols to help you specify the information you are really trying to locate. It also covers how to search for images, currency, measurements, and how to utilize Google alerts to track yourself or other topics of interest that appear in the news or on newly indexed websites.

How Strong Is Your Google Fu?http://askbobrankin.com/how_strong_is_your_google_fu.html?awt_l=L7vTg&awt_m=JFRauSr8juP6SL

Get the Most Out of Google is written for individuals doing more extensive research than most of do on a regular basis, however it offers useful tips on how to :

  • search for particular types of information like PDFs
  • refine your search by specific authors or sites
  • utilize keyboard shortcuts
  • access Google Scholar, which searches only academic and scholarly work

Get the Most Out of Google http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/11/23/infographic-get-more-out-of-google.html

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