Searching for Information on VTN
With all search tools, the choice of search words is a little
science and a little art, and the more you use a search tool -- experimenting
and paying attention to the results -- the better you will become at finding
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New and Recently Changed Information
You can find new or recently revised documents by using the CSuite
shortcut [go recent] which produces an automatically generated
list of all new and revised documents on the system.
You can use the CSuite shortcut [go people] to find the
profile/Homepage of Victoria Telecommunity Network users.
This shortcut will present you with a form that allows you to enter a
name, a userID or a word or combination of words. If you were to search
on the word "garden" you would find anyone who had used the word garden
(or gardening) in their profile..., who had mentioned Spring Garden Rd.,
or Garden Street, or whose last name was Teagarden.
Another CSuite service will tell you who is currently online at
VTN. To access this service use the shortcut [go who].
Community network volunteers and information providers have prepared
documents on a wide range of topics. The CSuite shortcut
will allow you to search for information on any topic you wish.
This service presents you with a form that allows you to type in one or
more words to search for. If you enter more than one word, the search can be
- all words in query
- any word in query
- query as a phrase
The default is to search for "all words in query". If you search
for "balance of trade" and do not specify "query as a phrase" you
will find any/all documents that contain these words in any order.
To change the search (type) option position the cursor over "all words
in query" and press enter/return.
The csuite [go search] command is a very general search tool that will
search in both the documents maintained by VTN Information
Providers and documents such as the on-line Helpdesk.
Limiting the Search
The 'button' bar at the bottom of each VTN document contains
a "Search" link that has usually been configured to limit the search
area to a smaller number of documents.
As an example, the "Search" button on the Government page will limit
the search to documents relating to government. As another example, the
search button on a Helpdesk page will search only documents with the
Customizing the search
You can create a custom search button by inserting a link to the
VTN search engine in your profile or in an IP document.
If you wish to create a search link for the Help/Email/ directory
the format for the url is:
**Remember to use...
<a href=" "> label </a>
...in addition to the url above. They aren't combine in this example
in an effort to make the url a little more clear.
When you limit the search with a custom search link, the top of the form
will include a line that indicates that where the search has been limited
CSuite Remote Services
Many of the CSuite search services are available for other CSuite
sites. You can find out who is currently on-line, search for documents
or visit the webpages of Information Providers at many other sites. Any
search screen that has a link for "...other places" or "Other CSuite
Sites" can be used to access another community network.
The full list of remote services is available through the
[go remote] shortcut.