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Reference Online Center (ROC) Lab

About the ROC Lab

The Reference Online Center (ROC) Lab is adjacent to the Reference Desk on the 1st floor. This lab provides twenty-four (24) computers for researching and accessing online library resources, the Dupré Library Catalog, and U.S. Government Information resources.

Use your ULID and password to log in. Students can print to the STEP Lab printers on the 1st floor from these computers using PaperCut.

Visitors not affiliated with the University can use the ROC Lab for research purposes only. Inquire at the Reference Desk and view the Use of Electronic Resources by Visitors Policy.

Applications available:

  • Microsoft 365 Apps (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote, OneDrive, Teams, Edge)
  • 7-Zip
  • Acrobat Reader DC
  • ChemDraw
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • PaperCut
  • Phon, Keyman SIL, and DoulosSIL Font
  • SPSS Analytical (install from Software Center)
  • VLC Media Player
  • Other applications are available in Software Center

Reference Online Center (ROC) Lab – Research Resources

ROC Lab computers are available thanks to a Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) Grant.


ROC Lab Use Policy

Preference for computer use in the ROC Lab is given to researchers accessing the Dupré Library Catalog, databases, and government information resources. Those engaged in other activities may need to give up their turn if a user needs a computer for research. A 30-minute time limit will go into place if the lab is full and others are waiting.

Visitors not affiliated with the University are allowed computer access in the ROC Lab for research purposes only. View the Use of Electronic Resources by Visitors Policy.

When at a workstation :

  • Covered beverages only
  • Research and browse the Internet
  • Socialize but be courteous to others around
  • Yield to those doing research
  • No food

Users should abide by the University Computer & Network Policy (PDF).

Computer Reservations

University of Louisiana at Lafayette instructors who wish to use the Reference Online Center (ROC) Lab computers for class instruction in the use of library resources may contact the Reference Desk at (337) 482-6025 or, at least two hours before the requested reservation time. A specific time and the number of students attending are also required when submitting a reservation request. The ROC Lab computers may be reserved a maximum of three times per section during each semester.

Accessing Online Library Resources

On and off-campus access to online library resources, such as databases and journals, is available to students, faculty, and staff. The majority of online library resources are accessible off-campus.

Use your ULID and password when you see the 'Log in to Library Resources' page. Your login will remain active across multiple databases. After one hour of non-use, the session will time out and you will be required to log in again.

Visitors can access online library resources on-site when visiting the library or use Library Search Guest Access to find limited research materials. View the Use of Electronic Resources by Visitors Policy for more information.

View important information about Database Use.

For help with access issues, try these general troubleshooting tips.


For help or more information, contact the Reference Desk or Ask a Librarian.

[ Last Revised on May 7, 2024 ]

Database Use:

Access to online databases provided by Edith Garland Dupré Library is limited to current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Users on and off campus must log in with their ULID and password. Visitors can access online databases on-site when visiting the library or can use Library Search Guest Access to find limited research materials.

Users must follow 'Fair Use' as outlined in U.S. Copyright Law and provisions of license agreements with database providers. Online database material obtained must be used for personal, non-commercial purposes.

Improper use generally includes but is not limited to, excessive use, utilizing robots/auto crawlers, downloading entire journals, printing numerous copies of a single article, or publishing articles made available through the databases.

Users visiting several databases or viewing or downloading a substantial amount of material from within databases in a short time may receive a browser warning and, as a security precaution, their access will be suspended for two (2) hours.

Acceptable use examples are accessing library resources from off-campus with ULID and password authentication, accessing library resources through Moodle and ULink, sharing or emailing articles and resources among authorized users, and saving articles to a personal folder or flash drive, but not for purposes of re-distribution.

Unauthorized and improper use of online databases and other online resources provided by Edith Garland Dupré Library can result in access revocation and/or disciplinary action. The library and vendors of electronic resource content reserve the right to identify and monitor suspicious activity involving library resources and services with usage statistics.

Users must also comply with the campus-wide Information Technology Policy on security and acceptable use.

For questions about use, Ask a Librarian.

Database Accessibility:

EBSCO, one of the library's major database providers, is committed to providing positive experiences for all users. They have provided an EBSCO Accessibility – Navigation Guide and an EBSCO eBook Accessibility User Guide and FAQs for using their databases.