Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Reference Assistance at 2 am? Look to Maryland AskUsNow!

As we get closer to the end of the semester, the library wants to remind you of one of the services that we offer, Maryland AskUsNow! – our 24/7 chat reference service.  To highlight the service, the library has put together a display, on the 3rd floor, with information about Maryland AskUsNow!

Imagine this:
It is 2 am and you are working on a paper that is due at 8 am.  You need to find additional references for your paper and you are not sure where to look and need some help.  The library is closed, so what can you do to get some help?

You can use Maryland AskUsNow!  It is your access to 24/7 reference assistance.  You can access it from the link on the library’s homepage.  Once you click on the link, you can ask your question and be chatting with a librarian in no time.  

The librarians will be able to provide information on how to find information you need and perhaps even work with you on what search terms will bring the best results.  No question is too tough!

Here are some sample questions that have been asked:
  • Where in my online library database can I find information on the labor and facts of people who work in slaughter houses? 
  •  What was the impact of World War II on the Middle East?
  • I’m looking for sources for my research paper on how food waste impacts businesses.
We encourage you to try out the service yourself.  Stop by and see the display on the 3rd floor of the library!

Good luck with your exams!

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