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"Making information technology work for you - a practical guide for local historians" by Sue Burnay

Computers are great for organising and storing information but they can be daunting for new users. This booklet is intended to give the local/family historian who is a novice computer user some practical ideas that will help in storing and retrieving their information. It is not intended to be a comprehensive manual but has some simple tips that anyone can use.

The examples given in the text are for Microsoft Word, Excel and Works since these are the most common software programs that are likely to be used by the relative newcomer to computers (my apologies to those of you who are Apple users). A limited level of expertise is assumed in the text – you will need to know how to do the following items as a starting point. 

  • Starting programs (such as Word) from the Start menu or from shortcut icons on your desktop
  • Creating folders and moving between folders and sub-folders
  • Using Windows Explorer to navigate around your folders

Topics that are covered in the main text include

  • Cataloguing your information so that you can find items easily

  • Making the most of digital cameras
  • Tips for archiving
  • Storing data using CDs, DVDs and ‘memory sticks’
  • Publishing booklets and leaflets

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