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.

Welcome to Fall II!

The Roman playwright Plautus is quoted as saying, “You must spend money to make money.” While this can be true in the business world, in the world of time management, it is especially true in education where the currency is time. Students need to be willing to spend time to make time. As you begin the Fall II session, here is a tip to be more productive. Just remember. On a trip through the desert, a camel can be your best friend. As you start this session, don’t forget your CAMEL: camel
Checklists Always Make Everything Logical

Taking the time to make a checklist for what you want to accomplish each day and each week can save time and stress over the next 8 weeks. Make sure that your checklists are specific and not vague. For example, don’t just say that you’re going to study between 5pm and 6pm on Tuesday. Instead, set a goal. On Tuesday, between 5pm and 6pm, I will read 15 pages from my Organizational Leadership text. Don’t just list research on your checklist. Instead, set the goal of finding two peer-reviewed, scholarly articles to use in your upcoming research paper. Sure, it takes a bit of time to complete a checklist, but the feeling you get when you can cross off a task is priceless, and you can keep your stress level in check. In the end, you will save time.

Congratulations on Completing Fall I!

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Your Brandman library staff would like to congratulate you on completing the Fall I session. You must be exhausted. Throughout the session, you may have felt as if the end would never come, but here we are. For those students who reached out for assistance, we hope that we made your life a bit easier and that you keep us on speed-dial for Fall II. For those of you who are graduating, we wish you the best of luck as you move into the next chapter of your lives. We hope that you feel as pleased as the smiling cat above. Get some rest. You deserve it.

We applaud your commitment and look forward to hearing from you. Congratulations!

EndNote Workaround

Currently, the Direct Export feature of EndNote is not working. Don’t despair. If this happens, you can also manually import your references.

Directions for Manually Importing References from EBSCOhost.

1. Follow steps 1-5 from directions above. When you are the Export Manager screen, click on the Generic bibliographic manager software option. Select Remove these items from folder after saving and click Save.

2. You will receive the records for the articles along with this message: To continue, in Internet Explorer, select FILE then SAVE AS from your browser’s toolbar above. Be sure to save as a plain text file (.txt) or a ‘Web Page, HTML only’ file (.html). In FireFox, select FILE then SAVE FILE AS from your browser’s toolbar above. In Chrome, select right click (with your mouse) on this page and select SAVE AS. Choose the correct option based upon your browser.

3. Make sure to change the file extension to Text File (*.txt) before saving file by using the Save as type dropdown menu.

4. Log into EndNote and click the Collect tab.

5. Click on Import References under the Collect tab.

6. Browse to the file that you saved, select and upload to File.

7. Select an Import Option from the drop-down menu. If you have a specific database that is listed, choose it. If your sources are from Discover, which draws from many databases, select the Acad Source Prem (EBSCO) option. As long as you select a database with the EBSCOhost designation, your references will import.

8. You will have the option to select the group that you would like the reference to be stored under the To dropdown.

9. Once you select the group, click on Import. Your citation list will be imported into the group selected.

If you need additional help with Importing Citations from EBSCOhost, please use these support tools.

  • Contact a Brandman librarian.
  • Use the EndNote help feature by clicking on Help in the upper right corner of the EndNote Basic page. You can also use the EndNote tutorials to learn how to use various features in EndNote. You can find these brief tutorials at http://endnote.com/training.

Citation: Take It Out for a Spin

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Picture of the Chevrolet Citation By Uniquesweetguy at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

As we near the end of the session, many of you will have a final project due that needs to be written in a certain citation format, usually APA or MLA. Did you know that we have links to guides that can help you? To find the guides, simply begin at the Leatherby Libraries homepage. On the right side of the screen under the word Research, select Citation / Style Guides to enter the Citation / Style Guides LibGuide.

There are two links that are helpful for students who are visual learners. Under the tab for APA, click on the link for Color-Coded APA Guide Long Island University. Under the MLA tab, choose Color-Coded MLA Style Guide. Both of these links provide an easy to read approach to citation.And the bonus? The sample citations are about Star Trek!

You can also contact your Brandman librarians for citation

Accessing the APA Style Guide to Electronic References

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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!

Mining Your Sources

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See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Much like prospectors from days past, today’s students are also seeking the mother lode. The mother lode of information that is. Too often, we hear from students that they can only locate one or two really good sources when they are writing a research paper. What many don’t know is that those two articles can open up a whole new vein of discovery if they just take the time to mine the references cited. Here’s what we mean.

Let’s say that you have found a great article titled “Academic Zombies: A Failure of Resistance or a Means of Survival?” You really love what it has to say about educational reform using zombies as a metaphor and want to find similar articles. Now what? This is where your mining skills come into play. A quick glance at the references used for this article shows that the author cited 60 sources. That’s 60 sources that you can take a look at to see if they can shed more light on your topic. Why should you start from scratch when someone has already found a list of articles that can help you further your own research? Since you want to work smarter, not harder, mining good articles for the ore of more makes sense. Once you have a great list of references to work from, you can use the Journal Finder or call one of the Brandman librarians to help you find the mother lode. We are here to help you stake your claim on solid research. Eureka!

EndNote Direct Export Not Working

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Currently, the direct export feature of EndNote is not working. We have reported the issue, but do not have an estimated time-frame for repair. We will keep you posted as we hear any updates. Until then, make sure to save your sources and ask a librarian if you need any assistance.

The Empir(ical) Article Strikes Back

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By Michael Neel from Knoxville, TN, USA (Star Wars) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

We all love Star Wars. Although your Brandman librarians would definitely side with the rebel alliance, we know that the empire has its place, too.

As college writers and researchers, you have probable been asked to use empirical articles to support your work. Sometimes, that can be frustrating. Before you go full Vader on the library, let us Yoda your way through knowing what an empirical article is and how to search for one. We have created a simple tutorial–Empirical Articles: What You Need To Know.

Empirical Articles

Empirical Articles Video Tutorial

Once you know how to recognize an empirical article, you will no longer be haunted by, “Do or do not. There is no try.” As always, if you are unsure, ask your Brandman librarians. May the force be with you.