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Library Instructional Research Lab


The Library Instructional 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, 4 networked printers, and 8 scanners. All LIRL computers provide access to all Library research databases (e.g., CQ Researcher, LexisNexis, ProQuest) and to selected Microsoft applications installed: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Thus, a student can look up a legal case in LexisNexis, complete his Works Cited list, and surf the ‘Net at the same time—true multi-tasking (aka “brain overload”)!

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 4 networked printers (one on 1st floor, three on 2nd floor)

  • Price per page: 10 cents B&W, 25 cents Color

Students’ own paper is not to be used for printing without permission.  Most of the cost of printing goes to the purchase of toner cartridges, not paper.

The Library also offers laptops for use in the Library, if LIRL is full, or if a student prefers to work privately. Laptop usage is also an effective way for study groups to have computer access. Laptops are checked out at the Instructiona Media Center Counter (2nd floor, HLRC) and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Computer usage at LIRL is governed by Administrative Regulation B-27 (formerly E-76) and by the general rules of the Library as they are set forth in the Policies Guide.