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Library Orientation

This guide provides information about how to access the CLTCC Library/LRC resources.

Find Library Resources

To access the library's resources, you will need your LoLA username and password.

If you need help, contact the Librarian at 318.487.5443 ext. 1137 or


To access the databases, click on the database you would like to use, then login using your LoLA username and password when prompted.



To search the databases (electronic journals/periodicals):

  1. If you know which database you'd like to use, select it from the dropdown menu above, then click "GO"
  2. If you do not know which database you'd like to use, click on "View More Results" beneath the dropdown menu, that will take you to the A to Z Database List and you can select from there (the databases have descriptions written underneath to help you choose the appropriate one)
  3. Once you have selected the appropriate database, you will land on a search page
  4. Enter your term(s) into the search bar(s)
  5. Click on "Search"
  6. You can limit your search using the left side of the screen
  7. Read the abstract under the article to determine if it meets your needs
  8. To access the article, click on the hyperlink underneath the article

Quick tips for finding articles:

  • Think about the topics your instructor has discussed in class
  • Use keywords and subject terms
  • Write down all the ideas that come to mind when you think about your topic
  • As you type in your search terms, pay attention to the suggested terms that are added during your search
  • Use the left side of the screen to limit your results by year, subject, and publication


  • Linked Full Text - Will bring up the entire article so that you do not have to submit a request (select this box on the left side of the screen)
  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals - contain articles that were evaluated by professionals for accuracy, but you still want to verify the information for your own research purposes

If you need help, contact a librarian at 318.487.5443 ext. 1137/1931 or

To see the list of available electronic journals, please click here: eJournal Listings

This is a comprehensive list of electronic journals owned by Central Louisiana Technical Community College. The journals are divided by category.

To access these journals off campus, you will need your LoLA username and password.

If you need help, contact the Librarian at 318.487.5443 ext. 1137 or


WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections. You can search for books, music, video, articles and much more at a library near you.

To Find eBooks

To search the catalog for ebooks:

  1. Choose either a keyword, title, or author search
  2. Put your search term(s) in the search bar and click Search
  3. On the left hand side, scroll down, and check eBooks
  4. Read the information (abstract) below the title to see if the resource is relevant to your research
  5. To read the ebook, click on PDF Full Text


Helpful Tips:

  • Do not use full sentences in your search. 
    • Use keywords and subject terms (think about the words that your instructor used in class)
  • Use Boolean Search Operators to refine your search. Boolean search allows you to broaden, narrow, and define your search using operators. 
Operator Definition Example

Placing quotation marks around a search term or phrase limits your search to that exact term or phrase. Without the quotes, your search engine may return all results that contain each separate word.

"project manager"
AND Placing AND between your keywords will return results that only include both or all your keywords. This will limit your search results. engineer AND "project manager"
OR Placing OR between your search keywords or terms will broaden your search results by returning all possible combinations of your search terms. engineer OR "project manager"
NOT Placing NOT between your search keywords excludes the term after NOT from your search. Any result that has the search option you excluded will not show up in your results. engineer NOT "project manager"
Parenthesis Parenthesis can be used to combine other Operators for a more complex search. The keyword(s) within the parenthesis will be given priority. The example given returns results that contain both software engineer and software architect. software AND (engineer or architect)
Asterisk The asterisk can be used for a root word, stem, or truncation. The asterisk is a time-saver so you don't have to write out long, complicated search terms.  admin* = administration, administrator, administer, administered, etc.

To Find Journal Articles

To search the catalog for journal articles:

  1. Choose either a keyword, title, or author search
  2. Put your search term(s) in the search bar
  3. Under the search bar, select Full Text and Peer Reviewed (Scholarly) Only
  4. Click Search
  5. Use the limiters on the left hand side of the screen to narrow your results
  6. To read the article, click on either PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text

Helpful Tips:

  • When entering your search term(s) in the search bar, pay attention to the autofill words, they can help guide your research
  • Do not use full sentences
  • If you know what database you'd like to use (or if your instructor has assigned a specific one), click on Databases next to Catalog under Find Library Resources and select the appropriate database from the dropdown menu, click Go

Sample Journal Articles:

Liang, Hongpu. “Optimization of Floor Radiant Air Conditioning Heating System in Building Heating Design.” International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, vol. 16, no. 1, Mar. 2021, pp. 205–211. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1093/ijlct/ctaa051.

LIU, Enhai, et al. “Experimental Study on the Thermal Performance of an Air Conditioning System in a Pure Electric Vehicle.” Thermal Science, vol. 25, no. 3B, Apr. 2021, pp. 2093–2099. EBSCOhost, doi:10.2298/TSCI200201093L.