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Library internet research lab

The Library Internet Research Lab (LIRL) enables students to accomplish several critical academic interests in one convenient location:  Research the library’s electronic databases, word process a paper, and search the Internet. LIRL is currently comprised of about 100 networked computers, two networked printers, and a scanner. All LIRL computers provide access to all Library research databases (e.g., CQ Researcher, Lexis-Nexis, ProQuest) and to selected Microsoft applications installed: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Thus, a student can look up a legal case in Lexis-Nexis, complete his Works Cited list, and surf the ‘Net at the same time—true multi-tasking (aka “brain overload”)!  Ten computers also have Educo software installed in them for the convenience of math students; and five computers have special programs provided by the college's NASA grant.

LIRL is staffed by experienced and trained technicians and tutors during all operational hours. It is part of the LIRL techs' and tutors’ job to provide the student with pointers on how to navigate the databases, format a paper for writing, and assist with printing.

If a student wants in-depth assistance, however, she should contact the Reference Librarian or use the Help feature of each database. Note that it is NOT in the job descriptions of either the tutors or the Librarians to do one’s homework.

Print jobs queue to one of two networked printers.  Currently, it costs 15 cents per page to print.  Students’ own paper is not to be used for printing.  Most of the cost of printing goes to the purchase of toner cartridges, not paper.


Computer usage at LIRL is governed by Administrative Regulation E-76 and by the general rules of the Library as they are set forth in the Policies Guidebook.