The Web Community's Document Library is a great resource for finding documents related to your chapter/division or documents from IAAP headquarters, but knowing how to use it properly is important to finding what you're looking for.
Please follow the guide below to learn how to search the Document Library. If you have additional questions, please email Ben McClanahan, IAAP Internet Communications Coordinator.
Before you search
If you're simply looking for a document from headquarters, you should look in the IAAP International Library first before attempting to search for the document. The library's folder view makes finding documents by department (I.E. Membership, Certification, etc.) easy.
To access the IAAP International Library, click on the link in the Resources dropdown menu:
In the example below, if you're looking for a document relating to the Certification department, you simply highlight the folder and double click on the title of the document you would like to access.
Searching the Library
1) To search the document library, select "Search library" from the "Resources" dropdown menu.
2) Use the search fields provided to construct your search query.
Note: Searching by Document ID was phased out of the search functionality in Jan. 2011.
It is important when submitting your search query to filter your results, either by tag, library or file type. This will increase the quality of your search results and minimize the number of results you need to browse through.
(Note: IAAP also maintains a “Frequently Requested Documents” page, in case you’re looking for something many members might be after.)
As an example, let's say you wanted to find a form to transfer your membership from one chapter to another.
The search terms you might enter would include, "transfer membership form."
When you click the search button, your results will be returned.
But first, let's take a look at how many results we would get for this query if we did NOT filter by library. As you can see, the search returned over 1,000 results, which would make it fairly difficult to find the document you are looking for.
However, the same search query using the IAAP International Library filter returns only 175 results, and the top 3 results are very relevant (the document you would need for this example is actually third on the list).