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Library adds online service to aid students with homework
Site geared toward students, but anyone with a library card can access it

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Kathy McGehee, marketing specialist for the Mohave County Library, logs onto the World Book Web Thursday from her office at the Kingman branch.
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ERIN TAYLOR/Miner<br> Kathy McGehee, marketing specialist for the Mohave County Library, logs onto the World Book Web Thursday from her office at the Kingman branch. <a href="http://kingmandailyminer.com/Formlayout.asp?formcall=userform&form=20">Click here to purchase this photo</a>

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Library has added a new online feature that should make homework assignments a little easier.

The library added the World Book Web to its online services about a month ago.

The WBW will allow anyone with a library card access to more than 27,000 current encyclopedia articles and more than 20,000 photos, illustrations and maps.

The service will essentially eliminate the need to visit the library and allow users to do research from a home computer.

The site is geared toward junior high and high school students but can also be useful for adults as well, said library marketing specialist Kathy McGehee.

"When we stocked the actual books, you had to physically look through them and had to physically be in the library," McGehee said.

And with information changing as fast as technology, there was no guarantee that what was in the books was still accurate.

"No matter how fast we ordered the encyclopedias, they were already outdated by the time we got them," she said.

The online service will cost the library about $4,500 for a year's subscription, about the same price for three sets of hardbound encyclopedias, said Bruce Carter, manager of the Technical Services department, which handles purchasing for the library.

The service is available to all of the library's branches and can be accessed by visiting the library's homepage at www.mohavecountylibrary.info and clicking on the WBW link to the right.

The site requires users to log on with a current library card number.

Other library online services include Homework Help, Mango Language Learning, Tumble Books, Heritage Quest and Arizona State Library research databases.

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