Library has homework, job help via the Web

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.

Thanks to the Alachua County Library District online research and help services, you can get access to several databases for help with homework and also with finding a job.

Called "HelpNow" and "JobNow," both resources provide live assistance at your fingertips.

However, you will need a library card number to assess the resources, but if you don't have one, you can request an eCard online immediately. The process is free and easy. Just go to

"HelpNow" provides live homework help from expert tutors and "JobNow" offers a live coach to walk you through the job search process, from creating a resume to finding a job to preparing for the job interview.

Chip Halvorsen, the library district E branch manager, said through "HelpNow" students from kindergarten to college can get online help from experts on any subject relevant to their studies and "JobNow" provides a great depth of information to help people find and then get the job they want.

John Jack, youth services librarian at the headquarters library, said "HelpNow" and "JobNow" provide an opportunity to get live help from 3-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday, except on some weekends.

"You can talk to a tutor that is certified to teach the subject matter," said Jack. "Tutors can help you solve problems and explain concepts."

Jack said at "JobNow," a live coach can help you through the process of finding a job, from creating a winning resume to delivering a successful job interview.

To access the "HelpNow" and "JobNow" databases, visit and click on "research" and then go to the right side of the page and click on "view all databases."

Then click on "HelpNow" or on "JobNow." You can access other databases on the list, which includes more than 45 areas of interest, from auto repair to health and wellness to legal forms and more.

In the "HelpNow" database, you can choose "Homework Help" for live expert tutoring in kindergarten through college and then choose a subject.

You can choose "Live Skills Building" for an expert tutor to help you brush up or catch up on a subject.

"Writing Lab" allows you to submit an assignment that will be checked and then sent back to you with suggestions. At "A+ Test Center," you can take sample tests, including national college entrance exams such as the ACT and the SAT or Florida tests such as the FCAT.

Once you've taken the test, it's checked for errors and then you get the correct answers with an explanation. At "Adult Learning Center," a live coach will help you pass the GED, prepare for the U.S. citizens test, write a resume, and also learn Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. At "24/7," you can ask a question anytime and you are guaranteed an answer within 24 hours.

"I think "HelpNow" is amazing," Jack said. "I wish more people were using it."

Jack said "JobNow" is designed to help job seekers create a resume that suits their career goals, provide job searching engines, and then prepare for the interview.

"Basically, everything you need to get a job is in there," Jack said. "You can also submit your resume and they will critique it and send it back with comments. From all I have seen, I'm very impressed."

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