The Right Thing to Do: Maintain Academic Honesty

During the month of October designated as National Information Literacy Awareness Month UC Libraries invited students to think about scenarios that have to do with the ethics of using information. At the end of the month we posted the following scenario:


A few responses suggested reversing the time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to do that?! While we are waiting for the invention of the time machine (if you are working on it, please let us know), let’s look at some other suggestions. Continue reading

Celebrate National Information Literacy Awareness Month


Join the UC Blue Ash Library as we celebrate National Information Literacy Awareness Month in a variety of ways, including:

  • Myth Manor: Visit Area 113 (the library study rooms) on October 31st to learn about various hoaxes, myths, and urban legends
  • Food for Thought Book Display: Browse and borrow highlighted book titles from the library collection centered around the UCBA First Year Experience theme: Food.
  • Question of the Day: Each day during the week of October 28, we’ll post a question that makes you think about what you know about hoaxes, myths, and urban legends. Look for the chalkboard directly across from the library front entrance. We encourage you to post your comments and feedback. We’ll share the responses in a slideshow at the end of the week.

Procrastination? Trouble finding just what you need? We have a book for that!

During the Information Literacy Awareness Month we used chalkboards in Langsam to learn more about our patrons and how they use the library and information sources. A couple of weeks ago we asked you to tell us what your biggest challenge is when doing research.

We got a variety of responses ranging from difficulty getting organized and pulling yourself away from Facebook or Pinterest to problems related to putting the results on paper and getting the research findings published.


To help our patrons to address some of these problems we put together a virtual exhibit Tips for Effective and Efficient Library Research. The exhibit features current e-books and print books from the UC Libraries’ collections related to various aspects of library research projects, from finding and evaluating sources to presenting your research results and getting them published. It also includes resources on successful management of your research projects.

While the books on finding sources are targeted primarily to undergraduates, books in other categories might be useful to broader audiences, including graduate and doctoral students and faculty.

We hope to expand this exhibit in the future by adding more online resources in a variety of formats. Please help us by using the Comments link to to share tutotials, books, and websites that helped you to improve your research skills. Let us know what libraries can do to help you to find, evaluate, and use information more effectively.


In his October 1 address President Barack Obama declared October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. In his statement he said,

“In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them. The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical.” See the complete text of the proclamation.

The University of Cincinnati recognizes information literacy as “an essential skill that supports each of the baccalaureate competencies and must permeate every component of the General Education Core.” Continue reading

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