How to Use the Resource Library

I. How to Use the Resource Library

Page Contents

This page will cover the menus and search functions of the NETEC Resource Library to help guide you through the website.

  1. Page Contents
  2. How to Navigate the Site.
  3. How to Find an Item.
  4. How to Use Exhibits.

II. How to Navigate the Site

The Header

  • The header of the website (pictured here below) will guide you to many of the resources that you seek on the NETEC Library. 


  • Expand each section below to learn about the different header buttons.

  • In the top left you find the "NETEC" home button, which takes you back to
  • Next the "Library Home" button will take you to the landing page of the Library, which provides the NETEC twitter feed, featured items, and buttons to different sections of the Resource Library.
  • The buttons "Discover", "Develop", and "Implement" take you to collections of Library resources that have been designed to guide you to the type of resources that fit your current needs. The NETEC Resource Library includes BOTH items created by NETEC AND items created by other institutions relevant to Special Pathogens.

    Each collection, "Discover", "Develop", and "Implement", takes you to a curated set of library resources for convenient browsing.
    • The Discover collection includes resources that provide introductory, research, and background data. This is a great place to start if you want to get familiar with NETEC, Ebola, other Special Pathogens, and Special Pathogen issues.

    • The Develop collection includes more specifically focused resources. These resources will help you to develop the program and plans for your institution based on your needs, such as guides.

    • The Implement collection includes resources to implement what you have learned immediately.  These include exercise resources, webinars for current topics, printable flyers, and advanced toolkits.

  • If you want to explore the entire set of NETEC Repository resources, click the "Explore" button. This takes you to a page from which you can browse all the items, filter by item type, filter by item subject, or go to the "Browse by Tag" or "Search Items" pages from which you can search for specific topics and themes.
  • The Flag icons to your left below the buttons provide the option to translate the main site text into French or Spanish, or back to English.
  • The search box allows for a keyword search. Keyword search will search multiple words together AND separately (search 3 characters minimum) to allow for a maximimum of relevant responses, but will exclude words found in more than half the records. You can choose more specific search options under the "..." button or click on "Advanced Search" to go to a page allowing for searching and filtering by subject, creator, and other specific points.



  • In addition to search functions, we have curated exhibits of resources on specific themes, so that you can quickly find relevant items. These exhibits can be found in the dropdown menus below "Discover", "Develop", and "Implement", as well as linked from those pages. Click on "Discover", "Develop", or "Implement" and choose an exhibit from the dropdown (an example is pictured right).

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III. How to Find an Item

Where to Look

The NETEC Resource Library includes BOTH items created by NETEC AND items created by other institutions relevant to Special Pathogens.

If you are looking for items generally, and want to browse, you can either go to "Browse" and browse through all items, or choose one of the tabs "Discover", "Develop", or "Implement" and browse a more specific set of items according to your needs, as described above. If you want to find something on a more specific topic, multiple search functions are provided.


You can initiate a search either through the search box on the top right of all pages, or by going to the "Search Items" (Advanced Search) page. The search box will search all pages in the repository including text on the news pages, while the advanced search page provides more search filtering options for specifically items and resources in the repository (excluding news pages).

  • The Search dropdown (...) from the search box (pictured) provides options of searching specific types of records, so you can check or uncheck if you want it to search items, news pages (under Simple page), or files.  You can also choose between Keyword, the default, and Boolean or Exact match.  If you want to search for a term shorter than 3 characters (e.g. specific initials) or for a common term, you can choose Exact match.  Exact match will also search for the specific order of words (e.g. 'Ebola virus disease' will not include results for just 'Ebola'). Boolean will search simply if a word is present or not in a page or item, not how many times it is present.


  • The Advanced search or Search items page (pictured) allows for you to search for a specific field.  If you want to find only items created by NETEC, you can choose for the "Filter by Specific Fields" line "creator", "contains", and type "NETEC".  You can choose any field (e.g. creator, title, date, etc.) from the first dropdown, and a parameter (e.g. contains) for the second.  You much choose something from this second dropdown to get results.  Then type your term of choice into the 'Enter text...' box.

    On this advanced search or search items page you can also search items by keyword, search by item type, or search by tags. The Filter by tags line on the advanced search page allows for you to search by multiple tags, separated by commas.


  • You can choose any tag, or a set of tags, from the "Browse by Tags" page, and find a set of resources that reference the entire set of tags.

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IV. How to Use the Exhibits


The exhibits each contain a collected set of relevant resources linked together and explained through text. From the exhibit you can explore the curated set of relevant items.

Exhibit Page

  • On the Exhibit Page (NETEC Exercise Templates is pictured below) you can choose which items seem most relevant to your needs. Click on the item icon or item title to go to a page with the specific details about that item and its download. You can always click the back arrow to return to the exhibit.


    If an exhibit has multiple exhibit pages (the Leadership Toolbox - Recovery Tools page is pictured below) you can navigate to the previous or next page at the bottom of the exhibit page (here 'Response Tools' or 'More tools'). Click on the title of the exhibit to the left of the exhibit page title to return to the first page of the exhibit (here 'Leadership Toolbox' next to 'Recovery Tools').


Linked Item Page - How to Download a Resource

  • On the item page (an example is pictured below), the file download can be clicked in the top right corner. The Frontline Facility Ebola Tabletop Exercise Template is pictured above. Item downloads will either be a url (to a zip file or external resource) or an icon to download a file (such as a Word doc or pdf). Some files can also be previewed at the bottom left of the page, including videos, pdfs, and docs.


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