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Dual Credit and Early College High School: Library Resources

Library Resources


Welcome to LSCPA's Gates Memorial Library!  In this guide you will find how to use library print and online resources to help you with your research and course assignments. If you need further assistance, please call or ask a librarian, in person or Chat with a Librarian.

Need Help?

  • Ask a librarian
  • Circulation: (409) 984-6218
    Reference : (409) 984-6220 & (409) 984-6221
    Computer Lab: (409) 984-6150
  • Hours

Finding Articles

Need a Laptop/tablet?

Laptops/tablets available for library use only!


Lamar State College Port Arthur, through the Laptop Loan Program, provides laptop computers free of charge to eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis each semester.

General databases

Books and E-books

Background Information


Vocational/ Study databases

Find items from other Libraries

If Gates Memorial Library does not have the book you want, you can search the catalogs of other libraries or use WorldCat to see if libraries nearby have it. Once you've found the book, you have several options for getting it. 

  1. Library Card
    Use (or get) a library card from the closest public library that has it. All residents of Port   Arthur  can get a library card from the public library in Port Arthur , you just have to have proof of residents. Usually two forms of ID with your address, one with your picture will work. 
  2. TexShare Card
    Get a TexShare card at the Circulation desk in Gates Memorial Library so you can check the book out from a nearby college. This option or Interlibraryloan (ILL) are the best options for getting articles Gates Library does not have. 
  3. Interlibraryloan (ILL)
    Gates students, faculty and staff can request a book through Interlibraryloan (ILL). This option can take the longest as the book has to come through the mail. You can also request an article through Interlibraryloan (ILL)

Getting a Texshare card

Get a TexShare card from Gates Library so you can get items from other librariesWith a TexShare Card you can directly borrow books, music, movies and more from any other participating TexShare library, just as if you were a card-holder there. Most public and academic libraries participate in TexShare. Search for one near you. Each participating library has slightly different lending policies, you can get links to each libraries policy on the search result list. The only requirement is that you must be a current LSCPA student, faculty or staff member.

Where Do I Get the TexShare Card?

Get a TexShare card at the Gates Library Circulation desk. TexShare cards are good for a semester; users should apply for a new card each semester. New and renewing users may apply for TexShare services using the online application, or by downloading a paper application below and returning it to the Library in person or by mail to:1495 Lakeshore Dr. Port Arthur, 77641


Document delivery

All Gates Library circulating materials can be sent to distance/online students as well as  LSCPA Early College program students.  Physical items such as books and videos  and items used to supplement instruction (reserve) are kept at the circulation desk and typically loaned out for in-house use for 2 hours. Pages from these items can also be requested. Fair use copyright guidelines are followed for items placed on reserve. 

Use this online form to request "distance" Library document delivery.

Citations and Plagiarism

Citation Styles

Check out these helpful guides for more information about the citation style you are using!


What is the CRAAP test?

The CRAAP test is a set of criteria designed by California State University, Chico to help you find the best sources for your school work. It is a good starting point for evaluating sources for academic purposes like papers, reports, and speeches. Use the following rubric to determine if the source you chose passes the test!

chart describing the CRAAP test as a method to evaluate sources of information

Created by Austin Community College Library Services

Books in the library

Citation style manuals are available at Gates Memorial Library in the Reference collection. The  manuals are available  for a 2 week checkout.

Citation Generators

Early College Information

ECHS Schools

  • Woodrow Wilson Early College High School
  • Bob Hope Charter School (BHHS)
  • Nederland Independent School District (NISD) 
  • Port Neches Groves Independent School District (PNGISD)
  • Port Arthur Independent School District (PAISD)
  • Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School (TA)

What is an Early College High School?

Early College High School

Lamar State College- Port Arthur"s (LSCPA)  Early College High School (ECHS) Program enables qualified, motivated high school students to earn an associate degree (or up to 60 college credits) while earning their high school diplomas. Early College High Schools:

  • Provide dual credit at no cost to students
  • Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
  • Provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
  • Increase college readiness
  • Reduce barriers to college access

For more information on Early College High Schools, view the Texas Education Agency's website.

High School vs. College

Chart of differences between High School and College

Subject Guide

What's different?

The resources, classes, and people you encounter in college are focused on their specific discipline. Read more to learn how you can navigate college successfully!

Steps to Success