N.B. It is advisable to print out this sheet prior to using the database

Use the Navigation Bar to the left to select the different search options that are available to you. The two main options are 'Name/Subject and Area Search and Keyword Search. To search by Name, Subject or Area click the link on the left and follow the instructions below:-

1. Searching for an Organisation by Name:

a. Click in the box alongside ‘name’ and type the name, or any part of the name of the organisation you are looking for e.g. Carers Support Project.

b. Click on the ‘search’ button below, using the same technique as before,

i.e. point arrow and click.

If your organisation is found, you will be provided with brief information such as an address and telephone number. If you need further information, point your arrow to the column named 'Click for FullDetails' of the organisation, which will have a Red background and be numbered. At the same time, the arrow will change to a hand with a pointing finger. This is called a hyper-link. Any text that appears in a different colour (usually blue) is a hyper-link and will take you through to further information. You will be able to print any pages of information that you would like by pointing and clicking on the printer icon at the top right hand side of the page.

To search for different organisations click the relevant link in the navigation bar on the left – you may now start the procedure again.

  1. Searching for an Organisation by Subject or Area :
  2. Click the downward pointing arrow alongside either the subject box or area box. This will bring down a menu of subjects or areas. You can scroll through the subjects/areas by moving your arrow down the list so that each subject is highlighted, then click on the selected subject or area..

    You can also use more than one search field at a time. To do this, open the subject box and click on the required subject such as ‘Support/advice groups’, then open the area box and click on the area required, i.e. Taff Ely.

    Once you have selected your options, click the search button - this should bring up any support/advice groups in the Taff Ely area.

    To search for different organisations click on the relevant link in the navigation bar on the left – you may now start the procedure again.

  3. Using the ‘Keyword’ Search Facility

    To operate the database in this way, click on the words ‘keyword search’ in the navigation bar on the left.

    This facility will enable you to search for any records using any words related to the organisation you are looking for. You can choose to search for any or all of the words that you have typed in the search box.

    For example, if you would like information on a health support group for parents of children with diabetes, in keyword 1 box type diabetes, in box 2 type children, click on ‘match all words’, then click on the search button. If you click on ‘match any words’ you will bring up all records that contain the word children or diabetes. You can also search for any groups concerned only with Diabetes. Type ‘Diabetes’ in keyword 1 box then click on the search button. Both of these searches should bring up any records containing the words you have entered.

    N.B. Using this method of searching will also, on occasion, bring up terms within other words e.g. if you search for sport, you may well retrieve information about transport.

    To search for any new organisations, click on the relevant link on the navigation bar on the left.

  4. Using the A – Z Facility

This facility gives you the opportunity to view the entire contents of the database. For convenience this has been broken down into smaller groups. Click on A – G and you will be able to look at every organisation in the database beginning with the letter A through to G, likewise H – L, M – R and S – Z.

At the end of each page of records you will see four buttons. Use these to move between pages.

Hopefully, you will find this database fairly user friendly. If you do experience any difficulty, please approach a member of staff in the library where you are accessing the database or alternatively use the feedback form incorporated into the database to inform us of any problems experienced.

Updated 09/01/2012