Welcome to the Brandman University Library Services and Resources Blog

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Welcome to the new Brandman University Library Services and Resources Blog. Our goal is to keep you informed about the many services and resources the Leatherby Libraries offers, keep you abreast of the latest tips for more productive searching, introduce you to new and exciting databases as they become available, and sometimes, just to offer a thought for the day. We want you to know that research does not have to be such a lonely endeavor.

We also want this to be an interactive experience. Please take the time to comment on posts that you find helpful, ask questions if you need clarification, or simply let us know how we are doing. Learning is not a one-way experience, so tell us what you need to be successful, and we will do our very best to help you meet your goals. We have a wonderful support group to assist you, and we live to answer questions. Any questions.

Let’s make the new blog another tool in the box to help you build your future.

Welcome and happy reading from the Brandman Library Services crew: Lugene, Cotton, and Kerry.

Using Dissertations: The Overlooked Resource

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Léon Bakst [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
{{PD-1996}} – public domain in a source country on January 1, 1996 and in the US.

Many students forget to consider dissertations and theses as sources for their research. These are great tools to use, not only for the dissertation itself, but for the research gathered to create it. Where do you start? Begin by selecting General Databases at the bottom of the library homepage. This will take you to the General Databases Electronic Resources page. From there, select Connect under Dissertations & Theses: Full Text – ProQuest. Perform your search.

You found a great dissertation that supports your research. Now what? Why, you should mine the references! At the end of the dissertation, examine the references used. If these is a useful journal article, use the Journal Finder to see if we have access. If there is an interesting book, check our Library catalog.

Remember. There is no need for you to scramble for sources. If someone has already done the work, why not save some time?

As always, please keep your Brandman library staff in mind if you need assistance. We are here to help!

Helpful Video for LBSU 302: Accessing Academic Search Premier

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In LBSU 302, students need to access a multidisciplinary database, and Academic Search Premier is the required portal. To help you find and navigate Academic Search Premier, we created a new video. Simply click below to view it.

Academic Search Premier

Remember, if you need any further assistance, your Brandman librarians are here to help.

Searchlight on Business Ethics

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By Bahman (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

For Brandman students who study in the field of business, business ethics might be a research topic of interest to you. Here is a searchlight focus on how to search for information about business ethics.

  1. Start on the library homepage. Type business ethics into the Discover! search box and click on “Search”
  2. The first result you receive should be a Research Starter on the Ethical Responsibilities of Business, which provides background information on business ethics as well as overview of its applications. Additionally, the bibliography and suggested reading offer a wealth of resources.

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  1. Aside from the Research Starter, you will see many books and e-books that the library owns on the topic of business ethics.
  2. To refine your search results, select the Advanced Search link below the search box and consider the following options:
    • Add the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals limiter
    • Place the term in quotation marks: “business ethics”
    • Change the dropdown limiter from Select a Field to SU Subject Terms
    • Change the date range
    • Add additional terms

As always, Ask a Librarian if you need further assistance.

Interlibrary Loan Tip: Book or Book Chapter?

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Jan van Eyck (circa 1390–1441) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
{{PD-1923}} – published before 1923 and public domain in the US.

Here at the library, we’ve noticed that students are a bit confused with the results from EBSCOhost when it comes to books. Books and book chapters use the same icon: book image

To solve this dilemma, we created a great new video: Book or Book Chapter: Recognizing the Difference in EBSCO Databases:

Book or Book Chapter image

Just click on the arrow to view the video. As always, if you need some help, just ask a librarian.

Searchlight: Transformational Leadership

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By Bahman (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Many Brandman students are on the leadership path, so here is a searchlight focus on how to search for information about transformational leadership.

1. Start on the library homepage. Type transformational leadership into the Discover! search box and click on “Search”
2. The first result you receive should be a Research Starter.
research starter
Research Starters are a great way to get some background information as well as some suggested search terms and a bibliography. Getting this type of basic information can deepen your understanding and provide a clearer vision of how you want to approach the topic. Discover! has many Research Starters covering a myriad of topics.

Now that you have that background information, you can narrow your topic in many ways.

1. Add the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals limiter
2. Place the term in quotation marks: “transformational leadership”
3. Change the dropdown limiter from Select a Field to SU Subject Terms
4. Change the date range
5. Add additional terms

As always, when you need assistance, ask a librarian. We’re here to help.

Library Hours for the Holiday

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As a reminder, the Leatherby Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 5, for the Labor Day holiday. You will be able to contact a librarian on Saturday and Sunday between 12:00 and 5:00. You can reach the Reference Desk here at Chapman by email libweb@chapman.edu or by phone (800) 344-5756 Ext. 3.

We hope you get a chance to relax, and we’ll see you on Tuesday!

The LBSU 302 Library Resources Guide: Your Key to Success

Attention LBSU 302 students! A library resources guide has been created especially for you. The LBSU 302 Library Resources guide offers links, tips, and video tutorials in one central place to assist you in completing weekly assignments.

Here is a snapshot of what’s available for week 4:

LBSU 302 LibGuide

Each blue tab of the LBSU 302 Library Resources guide focuses on the assignment due in your class for that week. It consists of information on accessing library resources and additional curricular materials.

So, bookmark this guide and start visiting the site as often as needed. As always, Ask a Librarian if you need further assistance.

Getting to Know the Leatherby Libraries: FAQs

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With only eight, short weeks to complete your assignments, we know that you need your resources as soon as possible, but sometimes, you need a little help figuring out how everything works. You need to be able to log on to the Leatherby Libraries website http://www.chapman.edu/library and access the databases from home. You also need to be able to request items to be sent to your home. When we receive requests, we make every effort to process them within 24 hours. Depending upon whether or not we own the item requested, it could be fulfilled within 1 day for Leatherby Libraries items, 3-4 for electronic journal articles not owned by the Leatherby Libraries, or 2-3 weeks for books not owned by the Leatherby Libraries. These turnaround times do not include weekends or holidays.

Since we want you to receive your research materials in a timely manner, we want your requests to go smoothly. Here are some of the common issues that arise and the solutions that can have you receiving your materials in time for that big paper.

Problem: I cannot log in
Logging into the databases doesn’t have to be a test of your patience if you remember these simple tips:
• Your username is the portion of your Brandman email address up to the @ symbol. For example, my email address is lrosen@chapman.edu, but my username is simply lrosen.
• Your password is the same one that you use to access your Brandman Blackboard portal.
• Do not try to start by logging in at My Library Account. My Library Account will only tell you what items you have checked out and when they are due. Trust us. The site will let you know when you need to log on by popping up a logon screen.

Problem: My set-up for an ILLiad (interlibrary loan) account was rejected
Many of the issues that we encounter with the set-up of ILLiad accounts can be solved by remembering these guidelines:
• Your username should be the portion of your email address up to the @ symbol. For example, my email address is lrosen@chapman.edu, but my username is just lrosen.
• You MUST use your Brandman username, so do not make-up one for your account. Save twilightsparkle or raidersfan for later.
• You MUST provide your Brandman email address. If the email in your ILLiad account request is not your Brandman email, the request is cancelled.

Problem: My ILLiad request was cancelled
Occasionally, you may submit a request through ILLiad and receive a cancellation notification email. Do not despair. Please read the email, and you may find out that:
• The article or book that you requested is available electronically through the Leatherby Libraries. We’ll even tell you which database it’s located in.
• The article or book that you requested is available electronically through an internet search engine such as Google. We’ll even provide you the link, so you can access it even faster.
• You did not supply enough information about the book or article that you need. For books, please supply the title and author(s). For articles, make use of the Request through interlibrary loan feature in our databases. The information will automatically populate for you.

We realize that, even if you have done everything correctly, there may still be a snag. Please make use of your Brandman librarian, Lugene Rosen lrosen@chapman.edu (714) 532-7736 or (800) 344-5756 ext.; Cotton Coslett, our Distance Education Librarian, coslett@chapman.edu or (714) 532-7720; or our wonderful Brandman Library Assistant, Kerry Ortloff ortloff@chapman.edu (714) 532-7718 or (800) 344-5756 ext. 1. Our goal is to make your access to the resources that you need as quick and painless as possible. Let us help you make your student life easier and less stressful.