Did You Hear? Brandman Library Access Has Been Restored!

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Did you hear? Brandman IT Services has corrected the issue that kept students from accessing the Leatherby Libraries. If you do experience a logon issue, please contact Brandman IT Services at help@brandman.edu or (855) 553-3007.

This is exciting news!

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Welcome to Summer I! Getting Started 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.

Video Streaming at the Leatherby Libraries

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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.

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.

Librarians Are Fantastic

Hand-drawn picture of Leathery Libraries

With our robust interlibrary loan service, we see a lot of books coming and going. Most are simply placed in the proverbial plain brown envelope and sent back to us, so it’s always exciting to see a librarian go off book. The image above is the outside of the envelope sent to us from the The San Francisco Art Institute. One of the librarians took the time to hand draw a picture of the Leatherby Libraries. It certainly made our day!

San Francisco Art Institute, we salute you!

Welcome to Spring I!

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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 Summer 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.

May you and your CAMEL have a lovely Fall II session.

The Great Textbook Balancing Act!

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With the beginning of the Fall II 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.

Welcome to the Fall II Session!

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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 Summer 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.

May you and your CAMEL have a lovely Fall II session.

The EBSCOhost Account: A Folder for Everything!

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Do you have piles of printed articles from your research? Are you having a difficult time finding the same articles that you located in a previous search? Are you struggling to find an easy way to organize your sources? If you answered yes to these questions, we have a great solution: creating an EBSCOhost account. It’s easy to create and easy to use. Here’s how.

1. From the library homepage, select Advanced Search under the Discover! logo. (You will be asked to logon)
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2. Next, on the burgundy bar at the top of the page, select Folder.
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3. Now, click on Sign in to my EBSCOhost.
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4. As a first-time user, you will need to click on the Create a new Account option. Simply complete the information, and you are ready to go.
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Once you have created your account, you can save items into your folder whenever you perform a search in Discover!. For more information on saving time and avoiding frustration by using the EBSCOhost folder system, you can read the details in EBSCOhost’s help pages or simply contact one of your Brandman librarians. We’re here to help!

Library or Bookstore: What’s the Difference?

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As we begin a new session, many students call us to order their textbooks. We just want to let you know that the Leatherby Libraries is not the same as the Brandman Bookstore. Here are the major differences.

The bookstore has the required books for your classes for sale. Like any store, there are multiple copies available.

In contrast, the library rarely has a single copy of a textbook that you can borrow. Instead, the library builds collections that supplement the textbooks used by our instructors.

The bookstore offers new books, used books, and digital books. You can buy or rent these books.

On the other hand, the library only lends books.

The bottom line is this. If you need to buy a textbookbook for your class, use the Brandman Bookstore. If you need to borrow a supplemental book, use the library.

If you have any questions, as always, ask a librarian! We’re here to help!