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, Wenling, and Kerry.

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.

Need APA Help? We’ve Got You Covered

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Have you ever found yourself pulling your hair out, trying to figure out how to properly cite the electronic media sources you used on the References page of your paper? Here’s the good news. The Leatherby Libraies has acquired the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th edition, and it is available to view or print from the library website. It includes the basic information on how references are constructed; provides a DOI and URL flowchart to help illuminate how and when to use DOIs, URLs, and database information; and consists of a substantial section of various examples for electronic references. Here is how to access it:

  1. Begin at the Library’s Citation/Style Guides page
  2. Scroll down to locate the APA section and click on the link for “APA Style Guide to Electronic References, Sixth Edition” (the last link)
  3. You will be taken to the cataloging record of this document
  4. Click on “View or Print: APA Style Guide to Electronic References”
  5. You will be prompted to login with your full name and your Brandman student ID.

APA Electronic References

We also have a handy video tutorial to walk you through the process:

APA Guide

Please note that the APA Style Guide to Electronic References is a PDF document, and you may print copies only for personal use.

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

Video Streaming: Does the Leatherby Libraries Offer It?

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We have many students ask if the Leatherby Libraries offers streaming videos. Well, the answer is yes. However, don’t expect to be able to watch popular films. The databases that offer streaming video are very specialized and academic. For example, Counseling and Therapy in Video offers access to therapy sessions, lectures, and discussions of theories. Another database with streaming video is Ackland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy, which offers direct video recordings of real human anatomic specimens for students who don’t have access to dissection facilities.

For a complete list of databases that offer specialized streaming video, check out listing of Electronic Resources or contact one of your Brandman librarians.

Something To Think About: John Dewey

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.–John Dewey

Let’s embrace Dewey’s idea and make every day a learning day!

Logon Problem

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Your Brandman librarians are sad. Currently, there is a logon problem when Brandman students try to access the Leatherby Libraries. Please know that we are working to solve the problem. An email has been sent to all faculty teaching Summer II, so your instructors are aware of the issue, as well.

As soon as logon is restored, we will post it here as well as sending a Tweet through the Brandman Twitter feed. Please bear with us and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.