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Using the Resource Centre

We've designed the SPARC Resource Centre site to be very easy to use and search in a variety of different ways. The basic points to be aware of are the "Section tabs" and the "Search box".

The section tabs

The "Section tabs" at the top of the Resource Centre homepage open drop down menus which take you to different subject areas on the site. You can use these tabs to quickly browse to the subject area that interests you, and then read a list of all the summaries/documents that fall within that subject area.

The search box

The search box on the homepage (which also appears on every other page of the site) allows you to search for documents in lots of different ways.

Using document codes: You can type in the unique document code given at the bottom of each summary in the pocket guide, and the search engine will provide you with a link to the summary and the full document it refers to.

Simple word search: You can also search for specific words or acronyms. So, for example, searching for "PFM" will call up all documents containing "PFM".

Match all search words: For more precision, you can also tick the “all search words” button under the search box on the homepage. Choosing this option and searching for "public financial management" will only return documents containing all three words.

Excluding words: You can also exclude words by using a hyphen (without a gap) before any word in the search box. So a search for "state -audit" would return only documents that contain the word "state" and do not contain the word "audit".

Wildcards, using the *: You can use an asterisk (*) to stand in for letters in a word when you want to search for variations of that word.
So a search for financ* would return only documents containing words like finance, financing, financial, etc.  

Wildcards, using the ?: The question mark allows you to search a document and replaces any given character. So, for example, if you wanted to search for an acronym and you weren’t sure of one of the letters you could search for SE?T. This will bring up any documents containing words such as SEAT, sept and sent.

Use the key logo

This logo is used throughout the Resource Centre to highlight several key resources, identified by SPARC as key for promoting good governance and reducing poverty levels in Nigeria.

Explore the SPARC tools

Look out for the SPARC tool logo which introduces SPARC step-by-step guides, frameworks and templates. Sets of tools span public financial management, planning policy and strategy, human resources management, corporate planning and knowledge management. If an item is of interest, visit the new “SPARC tools” tab in the main menu to take a closer look.

Trouble shooting – problems with the search facility

If you find that the search facility/box on the site does not work for you, you should check that JavaScript is running on your computer.
You can find information on how to check and activate JavaScript here: http://www.activatejavascript.org