Need APA Help? Try 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!


Library Access Issues

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In a pickle about accessing the Leatherby Libraries to complete your assignment? On Tuesday, May 2, Brandman IT performed maintenance to correct a known issue. Unfortunately, the fix seems to have made hundreds of active students inactive.

Here are some quick steps to test access.

1. Start on the library homepage.
2. In the center Start Your Search column, click on “Advanced Search” that is immediately beneath the word Discover.
3. Logon using your Brandman username and password. Your username is your email address up to the @ symbol. For example, my email address is, but my username is simply lrosen.

If you experience a password error, you need to contact the IT Desk. You can reach them by calling (855) 553-3007, emailing, or using the “Help” tab in your Blackboard course.

If you need any assistance beyond your password, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help.

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 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, 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, 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 (714) 532-7736 or (800) 344-5756 ext. 2 or Cotton Coslett (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.

Before You Request that Dissertation in ILLiad. . .

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Lately, we have been getting numerous requests through interlibrary loan for dissertations, and we have been cancelling the requests since we do have access to them in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database. Don’t get me wrong. We love our Discover! search feature. It covers about 95% of the databases that we subscribe to in a single search, but what falls in the other 5%? Well, access to full text of dissertations is part of the uncovered material, so before you click on that Request through interlibrary loan option, take one more step.

When you see this dissertation it’s time to perform one more search.
Just follow the instructions for “How do I obtain a copy of a thesis/dissertation online through the Leatherby Libraries?

We want you to have the fastest access to the information you need. If you need any assistance with locating a thesis or dissertation, just contact your Brandman library staff. We’re here to help.

Searchlight 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.
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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.

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.

Great News! The “Check for Full Text” Link is Working!

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We have great news! The “Check for Full Text” link is working, so you should have access to all of the wonderful articles that we subscribe to. When you use the “Check for Full Text” link for the first time after the outage, you may need to clear your cache and cookies. After that, it will be business as usual.

If you continue to have problems, please reach out to your Brandman librarians. We are here to help.

Database Alert: “Check for Full Text” Link Inoperable

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Your Brandman librarians are sad to tell you that we are experiencing a temporary glitch with the “Check for Full Text” button in our databases. Currently, it is linking to Simon Fraser University instead of our own library. Don’t despair. We do have a workaround. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Check your search results for the “Check for Full Text” option.

2. Next, check the details for the journal that the article appears in.

3. Once you have the name of the journal, go to the Leatherby Libraries homepage and type the name of the journal in the Journal Finder search box and click on “Search.”

4. In the Journal Finder results for your article, click on the title of the database that covers the time when your article was published.
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Once you have accessed the journal, you can search by the title of your article or by the volume and issue it appears in. Remember, your Brandman librarians are here to help your through the process if you hit any snags.

We’ll keep you posted when we have more news about when this issue will be resolved. Until then, be sure to reach out.

EndNote Functionality Is Back!

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Your Brandman librarians would like to thank you for your patience during the issue with EndNote. Please be advised that the Direct Export function has been restored. This is how we feel on the inside:

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If you need a refresher on EndNote, please feel free to check out the EndNote Guide. As always, if you need assistance, your Brandman librarians are here to help. Happy exporting!