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Bossier Parish Community College
2009 - 2010 General Catalog



Division of Learning Resources/Library

318-678-6042, 318-678-6275

Dean of Learning Resources
Ginger Bryan, Professor

Library Faculty
Brenda Brantley, Professor
Head, Public Services

Kristi Lobrano, Assistant Professor
Systems Librarian

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bossier Parish Community College Library is to provide the library resources and services required to support the mission of Bossier Parish Community College.


Main Collection

The main collection has over 45,000 cataloged items that provide both primary and secondary resource materials to support the purposes and programs of the college. Materials may be accessed through BPCC Library’s online catalog.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection includes basic encyclopedias, dictionaries, and indexes (in print and online format). Other research tools in the reference area include almanacs, maps, atlases, statistics and subject resources.

Vertical File

The Vertical File Collection contains pamphlets, maps, local newspaper clippings, and other materials that supplement the book collection.

Audiovisual Collection

The Audiovisual Collection contains curriculum related audio tapes and CDs, video tapes and DVDs, and microforms.

Online Catalog

The online catalog is available via the Internet 24 hours a day and provides students with quick and easy access to the holdings of the library. The online catalog also offers user services such as placing holds, viewing reserve materials list, and checking personal accounts of books and bills owed. It also allows access to the Library's EBook collection.


LOUIS: the Louisiana Library Network ( is a library consortium of public and private Louisiana college and university libraries. LOUIS provides the library's automation services and licenses full-text electronic resources from over 55,000 journals.

Electronic Resources.

Students now have easy access to indexes, abstracts and full-text journal articles from over 55,000 titles. Many articles are available in full-text, allowing students to bypass the old method of locating a print version of the journal on the shelf. Online access empowers students with reliable and up-to-date information at their fingertips.

  1. Go to:
  2. Hover the cursor over the Databases link, and then select Alphabetical by Title, by Subject, or by Vendor.
  3. Click on the name of the database to be searched.
  4. If off campus, log on using your 8-digit student ID (no spaces or dashes). The pin number is your six digit birthdate.

Bayou State Periodicals Index

An index to popular Louisiana periodicals. Includes titles such as Acadiana Profile, Louisiana Conservationist, and SB Magazine.

CQ Researcher

Contains single-themed reports on a variety of topics including health, science trends, environment, and technology.

Dissertation Abstracts

Contains abstracts of U.S. doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. This database is updated monthly.


Includes Academic Search Complete; Alt Healthwatch; Agricola; Art Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; Book Collection: Nonfiction; Business Source Complete; CINAHL Plus Full-text; Computer Science Index; Computer Source; EBSCO Animals; Economia y Negocio; Environmental Index; ERIC; Fuente Academica; Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia; GeoRef; GeoRef In Process; Greenfile; Health Source; History Reference Center; Hospitality & Tourism Index; Information Science & Technology Abstracts; International Political Science Abstracts; Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts; Legal Collection; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with full text; Literary Reference Center; MAS Ultra: School Edition; MedicLatina; Medline; Mental Measurements Yearbook; Military & Government Collection; MLA Directory of Periodicals; MLA International Bibliography; Newspaper Source; Primary Search; Professional Development Collection; Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection; PsycINFO; Regional Business News; Religion & Philosophy Collection; Science & Technology Collection; SocINDEX with Full Text; SPORTDiscus; the Serials Directory; Teacher Reference Center; Vente et Gestion; and World History Collection.

Gale Group

Databases include Biography Resource Center, Literature Resource Center, Scribners Writers Series, and Twayne Author Series.

JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive

JSTOR consists of a reliable and comprehensive archive of important scholarly journal literature. Coverage extends from 1800s to the present. Most recent 3-5 years may be unavailable.

Learning Express

Learning Express is an interactive online database of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons - students and adult learners - succeed on the academic or licensing tests. Users are required to create an account to take tests.

Lexis Nexis Academic

Provides access to 6,000 titles in news, business, and legal information. Includes company information, foreign and U.S. newspapers, magazines, trade journals, federal and case law, medical news and abstracts, and law reviews.


Database includes reviews or summaries of mathematical articles from approximately 1,700 current journals, books, and conference proceedings.

Oxford English Dictionary

Covering words from all English-speaking countries, the OED allows the searching of words, phrases, variants, phonetics, and Greek roots, with filters for date and part of speech. The database shows pronunciation of words.

Proquest Nursing and Allied Health Source

Designed to meet the needs of researchers and allied health programs; covers nursing, allied health and complementary medicine.

Sanborn Maps-Louisiana

Maps provide historical information on growth and development of Louisiana cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Dates of maps are from 1885-1951. Maps include structural information on buildings.

World Book

Provides access to Encyclopedia articles, primary sources, images, electronic books and maps. A citation builder is included.

Worldcat/First Search

Contains millions of bibliographic records of books and other material at libraries worldwide. Records exist for all forms, including EBooks, MP3, DVDs, and websites.


Reference Services

Library faculty are professionally trained to assist in finding information. Reference questions can also be handled by e-mail,

Interlibrary Loan

Materials needed for research may be requested from other libraries through interlibrary loans. Request should be made 10-14 days before assignments are due.

Library Instruction

Library instructional sessions designed to develop information literacy and competency with the informational resources and services normally found in college libraries are provided by the reference faculty.

Reserve Materials

Materials on reserve for class assignments are located at the Circulation Desk. These materials are limited to circulation for library use only. All reprinted articles and audiovisual materials must comply with current copyright laws.

Technology Resource Center

The Technology Resource Center (TRC) is the Library's computer lab. Located on the second floor of the Library, the TRC allows students access to the internet and various classroom software. All currently enrolled students must have a current BPCC ID to use the TRC

Laptop Computers

Wireless laptops computers are available for checkout for current BPCC faculty, staff and students. Student access is restricted to in-library use. Laptops are equipped with basic software to complete course assignments. Printing is not available on Library laptops. Students may bring personal laptops for use with the College's wifi.