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Don't forget that your local library is a valuable resource. They can deal with many different kinds of questions, and even if they don't have a specific item that you're looking for, chances are they can get it for you via their Interlibrary Loan service. Some of them even offer their own electronic reference services.
The State Library maintains a list of New Jersey libraries with electronic links.
The Newark Public Library offers an electronic reference service, and will answer short questions regardless of residence. For in-depth research needs or document delivery requests they also offer a fee-based Gateway Service.
The New Jersey State Library enables you to direct email questions to appropriate subject specialists.
You can also use the state-funded Q and A NJ reference service to 'chat' with a reference librarian at any time of day, 7 days a week.
The Internet Public Library has an Ask-a-Question Service available to any member of the Internet community.
There are also a number of sites which will allow you to "Ask an Expert" directly.
Pitsco's Ask an Expert has 14 categories (e.g., Arts, Health, Law, Money/Business) representing over 300 web sites and email addresses.
The Virtual Reference Desk has a locator for "AskA" digital reference providers deemed appropriate for, but not limited to, K-12, ranging from "Ask an Amish Expert" to "Ask an Optometrist" to "Ask a Valley Forge Expert."
Revised January 15, 2003