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Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By FRA­ZIER WALKER Spe­cial to the Whig

It’s late, there’s a big pa­per due in the morn­ing, and your stu­dent is stuck need­ing a fi­nal fact. Or maybe you’re in­ter­ested in a topic that’s not school-re­lated but your in­ter­net searches are com­ing up empty. When you can’t find in­for­ma­tion, try “AskUsNow!”

AskUsNow! is a 24/7 live on­line in­ter­ac­tive ser­vice that uses the ex­per­tise of trained li­brar­i­ans from across the coun­try to pro­vide an­swers to ques­tions, guid­ance with re­search, and help with nav­i­gat­ing the in­ter­net re­sources. http:// askusnow. info/

When you log on, you can be anony­mous or share your name. If you pro­vide an email ad­dress (it’s not re­quired), a tran­script of ev­ery­thing you chat­ted about — in­clud­ing re­sources and links pro­vided by the li­brar­i­ans — is sent to you af­ter the ses­sion has ended. This can be very help­ful in ac­cess­ing the re­sources later. And, if the li­brar­ian can­not find the an­swer within the ses­sion or finds more links af­ter you’ve logged off, they can be emailed to you later.

An im­por­tant tip: when you type in your ques­tion, be sure to be spe­cific. For ex­am­ple, if its high school level physics, col­lege level bio, mid­dle school math or an el­e­men­tary school science fair project, be sure to men­tion that in your ini­tial ques­tion. This way, the per­son who picks up your ques­tion will be the best one to give you the fastest an­swer!

Li­brar­i­ans and staff at Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary are happy to as­sist you with your in­for­ma­tion re­quests. For more home­work and re­search re­sources, don’t for­get to use your CCPL Vir­tual Stu­dent Li­brary Card at any branch or on­line at www.ce­cil.ebranch.info!

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