Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Keeping track

Almost every AOM entry has a unique number, although not in sequence. The number is the shortened URL of the prospectus or other information, with the digits representing the first issue it was published in. Fo example: AOM138a, AOM138b, and so on. You can leave off the "AOM," as that is the prefix for each. If you use Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat or one of the other readers, such as Foxit Reader, you can search for the number or any other unique word or phrase in the entry.

If you print AOM, you can use the page numbers plus the position on the page; for instance, "18+2" would mean page 18, two down from the top, "9-4" would mean page 9, four up from the bottom.

If you are not using the sophisticated search features of a PDF reader, you should give it try. Say you want to find all the grants, simply open the universal search box and enter grant. That would give you a list of everything that had that word in it. You want to find things in Chicago? enter "IL 606", things in SF and the greater SF Bay Area, use "CA 94", etc. The secret: the two letter state abbreviation followed by the first two or three digits of the ZIP code, depending on whether you want a city or the general area including the city. Of course, for the state, you'd use just the two-letter code. Works for media (see the code key), for things that are free to enter (search for "No fee"), etc.

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