ERIC Number: ED347268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
The FOCUS Database: The Nation's Premier Resource in Dropout Prevention. Instruction Manual.
National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.
This booklet is an instruction manual for those using the FOCUS database, an information source on dropout prevention of the National Dropout Prevention Center. An introduction lists the FOCUS files, which include Program Profiles, Calendar of Events, Resource Materials Library, Organizations, and Consultants and Speakers. Also given is the telephone number of a contact person to call for assistance in using the database. Other topics covered in the manual include the following: (1) access; (2) Internet users; (3) personal computer and modem users; (4) general directions for beginning a FOCUS session; (5) searching mechanisms of FOCUS; (6) general searching instructions; (7) program profiles; (8) calendar of events; (9) resource materials library; (10) organizations; and (11) consultants and speakers. Six appendixes contain formats for preparing a search, suggested search terms, searching techniques (Boolean operators, field qualification, and truncation), topics for searching the Resource Materials Library, descriptors for the Organizations file, and areas of expertise for searching the Consultants and Speakers file. The instructions are illustrated with numerous figures showing sample computer screens. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.
Identifiers: Educational Information; FOCUS Database; National Information Systems; User Guides