These Subject Guides will be retired in December. You can start using the new Leadership guide now. This page will no longer be updated. 

Update your bookmarks to https://stmarys-ca.libguides.com/leadership

Or, navigate on the new website down to "Research Guides" 

Subject Guides

Introductory videos

SMC Library Intro for New Students Using the Library Website  

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Credo Reference Logo

Credo Literati contains encyclopedia, dictionary, and handbook entries—it's like the Library's Wikipedia, but with credible sources.

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Reference and e-Book Collections

This collection includes over 9,400 e-books encompassing a variety of business topics such as...

Proquest Ebook Central (formerly Ebrary) is a highly interactive eBook database from ebrary that...

A database of reference encyclopedias and handbooks published by SAGE covering the social...

Provides searchable full-text e-book versions of many reference works, including multi-volume...


Streaming Video Collections

Multidisciplinary Databases

Search these database to find reseach on Leadership from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.


Business Databases

Search these database to find reseach on Leadership from a business/management perspective.

Quality academic articles on topics ranging from management to marketing. (NOT included in Multisearch)

Includes abstracts and indexing to articles from over 1,000 worldwide business periodicals. Includes Wall Street Journal. (NOT included in Multisearch)

The industry's most popular business research database, features the full text for more than 2,100 journals. Includes Harvard Business Review.


Psychology/Behavioral Databases

Search these database to find reseach on Leadership from a psychological/behavioral perspective.

 (NOT included in Multisearch)

 (NOT included in Multisearch)


Additional Databases

Check out the subject specific pages for databases that describe your organization (e.g. Nursing See Health & Medicine)

This resource is useful for philosophical discussion of ethics.

 (NOT included in Multisearch)


Journals Finder

Some select Leadership periodicals to browse:


If we don't have immediate access to an article you need, you can always request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) for electronic delievery in 3-4 business days.

Search for newspaper content

Full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources,...

Formerly LexisNexis Academic, this database provides access to full text resources on topics...


Or browse key local, state, and national newspapers




Full online access to The New York Times is now available to the Saint Mary’s College of California community. Once you create an account using your stmarys-ca.edu email address, you will have unlimited access to all content on nytimes.com. (For more information, see "How Do I Access the New York Times?")


The accepted format for citing sources in the social sciences is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. the Leadership programs at Saint Mary’s College, too, emphasizes the use of APA in related course work. For help citing sources use the Library's APA Format Guide

APA Style Guide for Business - A supplement to the regular APA Style Guide highlighting common, hard to cite data-focused resources.

The full manual is available in the Library.

Also, for more help on citing and writing in APA style, try

The resource includes citation examples, citation generators, tutorials, sample papers and more.


Other helpful resources

See our short animated tutorials on APA citation on our YouTube channel.


Writing Assistance

Questions about grammar and structure? Don't forget to refer to the writing manuals used in the SMC ENGL 3, 4 and 5 courses. We have a couple of copies on Reserve if you need to quickly refer back to rules on commas, noun/pronoun agreement, structuring your paper, or other issues.


The Writing Center

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by 1st floor De La Salle, or call them at 925.631.4684


Research/Resource Management Tools

Consider getting the Firefox (browser) extension called Zotero to better manage your online citations.  You can also use Mendeley. These are both like online "file cabinets" for your citations. Both are free and "how to use" information is post one each resource.

Getting Started

Resesarch Process for the Literature Review

Find background information and synthesized anaylsis in books and reference sources. These types of resources can help you

  • build a context for your topic
  • build a vocabulary to find more information
  • understand how to organize your topic
  • narrow and broaden the scope of your topic

See the "Find Books and Videos" heading above for links to Albert and Link+, our book catalogs, as well as online encyclopedias and handbooks.

Keep your searches broad to get the most inclusive and helpful sources. 



Current research is reported in journal articles. Research articles will help you identify key rsearchers and studies in your topic. See the "Multisearch and Leadership Article Databases" tab for the recommended resources to find articles on your topic. No one database is fully exclusive nor comprehensive, so be sure to search more than one.


Dissertations and Theses

Looking at other dissertations and theses is a great research strategy. You can use them to

  • observe how someone else has organized a similar topic
  • read an example of a literature review
  • review the works cited / bibliography to find additional research

To find a large sample of disserations and theses, including recent SMC graduates' theses, search


Other helpful tutorials

Also, see these great resources from other libraries: