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 e-mail 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 of our branches or online at www.cecil.ebranch.info! Find the “using your library” tab at the top of the website or for a list of all the ways to use the student virtual card, visit: http://bit.do/studentcard.


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