Library has homework, job help online

Anyone with a library card can get live help from tutors or job coaches


Published: Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 11:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 11:34 p.m.

Thanks to the Alachua County Library District's 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. Users can go to www.aclib.us/my-account/ecard.

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 that 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 to 10 p.m., Mondays through Sundays, with the exception of some weekends.

"You can talk to a tutor who is certified to teach the subject matter," Jack said. "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 www.aclib.us and click on "research," then go to the right side of the page and click on "view all databases."

Then click on HelpNow or 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, then choose a subject.

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

If you select "Writing Lab," it allows you to submit an assignment that will be checked and then sent back to you with suggestions. At the "A+ Test Center," you can take sample tests, including national college entrance exams 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 the "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. Choose "24/7" and you can ask a question anytime and get an answer in 24 hours.

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

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