Library Instructional Research Lab (LIRL)
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.
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.
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.