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.

Something To Think About: Jiddu Krishnamurti

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There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.–Jiddu Krishnamurti

As you come to the end of the Spring I session, know that what you have learned is simply a step along the way. Keep stepping!

Turning a Spotlight on Transformational Leadership

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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.

Something To Think About: Charles Darwin

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In the long history of humankind (and animal kind too) those who learned to collaborate
and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
–Charles Darwin

Even distance education students need to create study groups and cohorts to collaborate.

Textbooks in the Library

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With the beginning of the Spring I session, you may feel as if you are performing a balancing act between the needs of your wallet and the needs for textbooks for your courses. To save money, many of you will want to request your textbooks through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, but textbook requests can be a bit challenging. We completely understand and would like to help you as much as possible, but there are limitations to what we can do. In general, the Leatherby Libraries does not have available copies of your required textbooks, and even if we do, there may be some drawbacks. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to save your hard-earned cash.

  1. If you would like to search the Leatherby Libraries Library catalog (books, e-books, media, and more) to see if we own your required textbook, please do. Do not use the Discover! search option. If the library does not own a copy, we cannot get it for you.
  2. If the library owns the book, read the status carefully.
    catalog_detailAs you can see from this example, two copies are for library use only, and the third copy is already checked out, so the book is not available, and we cannot send it to you.

If you follow these steps before submitting an ILLiad request, it should reduce the number of cancelled requests and alleviate some your stress. Textbooks are expensive, but they are a necessary part of the education experience. We will do what we can, but sometimes, our wallets just have to take the hit.

Leatherby Libraries Early Closure on Friday, January 13, 2017

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Just like the dancing men above, the Leatherby Libraries will be having a short(s) day on Friday, January 13. The library will be closing at 3:00pm, but don’t despair. The library will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-10:00pm, and you can reach a reference librarian on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm-5:00pm at (800) 344-5756 Ext. 3 or libweb@chapman.edu.

Your Brandman librarians will be back, bright and early, on Tuesday morning.

Library Closure on Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King - March on Washington
By Unknown? [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.–Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Leatherby Libraries will be open this Saturday and Sunday; however, it will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King was an activist, a humanitarian, and a leader, who changed the world with his message of love and equality, showing us that it truly is the quality of a life lived that is the legacy we leave behind.

If you need reference assistance this weekend, please contact the Reference Desk: libweb@chapman.edu or (800) 344-5756 Ext. 3 (Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm). Your Brandman librarians will be back Tuesday morning at 8:00.

Welcome to Spring I: Here Are Answers to Some 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 librarians, Lugene Rosen lrosen@chapman.edu (714) 532-7736 or (800) 344-5756 ext. 2 or Cotton Coslett coslett@chapman.edu (714) 532-7720. 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.