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IM Reference FAQ

  1. What is Instant Messaging?
  2. Where can I get instant messaging software?
  3. What is a screen name?
  4. Can I chat if the computer I am using does not have Instant Messaging software installed?

  1. What is Instant Messaging?
    Instant Messaging is a form of electronic communication that uses software such as AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger to exchange text-based messages between two or more people in real-time.
  2. Where can I get instant messaging software?
    There are a number of instant messaging options to choose from. The UNLV Libraries Instant Messaging Reference Service supports the following freely available applications:
  3. What is a screen name?
    A screen name is a name that you choose to identify yourself online when instant messaging with others. You will need to establish a screen name with one of the supported Instant Messaging services before logging in and chatting with a librarian.
  4. Can I chat if the computer I am using does not have Instant Messaging software installed?
    Yes! During chat reference hours you can click the link below. If chat reference is closed, you can send an e-mail.
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