Library News Blog

Free New York Times Subscription

The Union Institute & University community has complimentary access to the New York Times thanks to our school-wide subscription. It is now easier than ever to read the world-class journalism of The New York Times.

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The New York Times covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters, and set up personalized alerts. You can access the New York Times from any location.

To activate your Pass for free access, visit UI&U’s group pass page. Select Create Account. Enter your information and choose a personal account password.  You will need to reauthorize your Pass once every 365 days from the UI&U group pass page.

Once activated, your Pass will provide access to New York Times website or mobile apps.  Visit the New York Times website to login and begin your free subscription today.

UI&U Group Pass Page (for account set-up and re-authorization every 365 days)

New York Times Website

New York Times Mobile Apps

New York Times Overview and Key Subscription Features

* Please note that mobile apps are not supported on all devices. Does not include e-reader editions, Times Insider content or digital versions of The New York Times Crossword. This program provides only select access to The New York Times Archive and does not replace database services to which your institution may currently subscribe.

Welcome to a New Term!

Welcome to a new term at Union Institute & University! As you enter your online courses, remember that the library is here to support your academic adventures throughout the term.  You can get started using the library with the UI&U Library Tutorial and Treasure Hunt Game.

You can access the library tutorial and treasure hunt from the homepage on the library website

Have a great term and let us know if we can help in any way!


New Librarian Lisa Raney

Hello UI&U Students, Faculty and Staff!

My name is Lisa Raney and I am your new Electronic Resources Librarian. I am responsible for cataloging and managing the collection of electronic resources. As a member of the reference and instruction team, I am happy to answer any research questions you may have and help out with interlibrary loan requests.

I graduated with a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Kentucky. I will be splitting my time between UI&U and at the Cincinnati History Library & Archives, where I provide local history & genealogy research assistance.

In my free time I enjoy exploring the city, yoga, trivia, and hanging out with my cat, Panda.

Please feel free to contact me with any of your research needs! I can be reached via or 513.487.1210, and am located at the Cincinnati headquarters.

Panda the Cat

Panda working on Self-Portrait











For Faculty: Library Links in Courses

Dear UI&U faculty member,

The last year has seen a sea change in online library security with an increasing number of library vendors changing their website addresses from http to the more secure https to prevent hacking and malware.  Recently, the library has received student reports of library links, also known as permalinks, not correctly redirecting to https. Incorrect redirects and other ongoing permalink challenges have made them no longer a viable option for sharing library resources.

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the UI&U Library recommend that faculty members remove library permalinks and have students locate library resources on their own.  We believe this approach will have many ongoing benefits, such as:

  • Encouraging students to improve their information literacy skills
  • Easier maintenance for faculty, staff, and librarians
  • Prevention of student distress caused by links to required readings not working


What Should Faculty Do?

If your course includes a link to a UI&U Library article, e-book, video, or other resource, please delete the library link and replace it with a (non-hyperlinked) message letting students know their required reading is available in the library.

Here are several different “available in the library” messages you can use.  You are also welcome to create a customized message for your students.


First Example

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Available in the UI&U Library

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc

Available in the UI&U Library


Second Example

The following required readings are available in the UI&U Library:

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc


Third Example (Includes Search Instructions)

The following required readings are available in the UI&U Library.

To access: 1) open a new browser tab/window, 2) go to the UI&U Library homepage ( or google UI&U Library), 3) copy & paste the title of the book, article, or video into the OneSearch search box, and 4) click the read online (or watch online) link to access the resource.   If there are too many search results, try adding the author’s last name or quotation marks around the title e.g. “Moby Dick” Melville.  When looking for a book chapter, search by the book’s title and use the table of contents to locate the chapter.

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc

Embedded Videos

The UI&U Library subscribes to several video collections including: Alexander Street Press, Films on Demand, Kanopy, and  These videos can be shared using an Available in the UI&U Library message or their embed codes (videos must be embedded to count towards instructional hours).  Instructions for embedding videos are available on the library’s Resources in Courses page.

Some embedded videos are currently not displaying in CampusWeb. Our IT department is working on a solution to this issue. As a temporary workaround, please instruct your students to search directly for the video by title using the library’s OneSearch feature.

Content Outside the UI&U Library

Resources outside the UI&U Library are not affected by this change.  This includes open educational content on YouTube and other websites.


We are requesting that faculty members review their courses and make the corrections as soon as possible.  If you need assistance, please contact the library at 513-487-1487 or

When Should a Direct Link Still be Used?

The library is now only recommending the use of direct links to library resources that are difficult to find in OneSearch.  Please contact a librarian for assistance creating the direct link.

Why Are We Making this Change?

  • Permalinks are difficult to create and maintain
  • Redirects from HTTP to HTTPS can fail
  • When a permalink is copied from Microsoft Web Outlook into Microsoft Word, the link may reformat with Outlook login information
  • The displayed link text may be different from the underlying URL


Please contact a librarian if you would like more information on why we are recommending this change.

Best regards,

Your UI&U Librarians

New Library Login

The Union Institute & University has transitioned to a new single sign-on for email, CampusWeb, and the library.  If you need assistance with your logon and password, please contact the IT Help Desk at 888-858-6466 or

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You Deserve a Librarian

The UI&U Librarians are committed to helping you succeed.  We know that juggling life as a student is a challenge, and we want to make the library work for you.  You deserve a librarian.

Father with baby and laptop.

During regular library hours, you can contact a librarian by phone (513-487-1487) or email (  No appointment is needed.  Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Eastern (6 am – 2 pm Pacific).

For assistance outside of regular hours, please schedule an appointment.  We’ve made this easy to do by adding a scheduling form to the Ask a Librarian page.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Fall Browser Cleaning

Fall has arrived.  It’s a time of beautiful leaves, pumpkin spice coffee, woolly socks, and getting ready for winter.  It is also a great time for a “fall cleaning” of your internet browser.  Complete the three steps below to ensure a better experience on the library website and every other website you visit.

Current Browser:  Use a current internet browser such as Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge.  (Microsoft has discontinued Internet Explorer.)

Update Browser:  Take a few minutes to update your internet browser.  This fixes many website problems and ensures a safer online experience.  Learn how to update: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

Clear Cache: Open your internet browser and then press Ctrl+Shift+Delete (Windows) or Command+Shift+Delete (Mac).  The website Lifewire also has an excellent guide to clearing your cache.

If you need help with your internet browser, please contact a UI&U Librarian or the IT Help Desk for assistance.

Orange and Yellow Fall Leaves






SWON Direct Lend Program

books on shelfThe UI&U Library is a member of the SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) Consortium. Many member libraries in the Greater Cincinnati area participate in the SWON Direct Lend Program. This program allows current UI&U students, faculty, and staff who reside in the Greater Cincinnati area to check-out library materials from participating institutions.

If you are interested in using this service, contact the UI&U Library to request your lending card. We will create your card and work with you to determine which local libraries participate in the direct lending program.

New Library Contact Information

The Union Institute & University Library has a new main phone number, 513-487-1487.  We also have a new text number, 513-854-0542.  The library’s email will remain the same,  This new contact information has been updated on the library website.

Faculty: if you need help updating library information in your online courses, please let us know and we would be happy to help.

As always, your friendly librarians remain committed to supporting you. Please contact us with any questions.

Best regards,
The UI&U Librarians

LexisNexis Academic Now Nexis Uni

Nexis Uni Promotional BannerAs of November 28th, LexisNexis Academic is now Nexis Uni. While the coverage is the same, providing business, news, and legal information, Nexis Uni offers a more streamlined search experience. New features include more intuitive searching in addition to highly relevant filters and advanced search techniques. Search across the database or limit your results to specific content types such as news, law reviews, or company information. As well, from the home page, you can view the new “Discover Topics” section. Here, you will see curated discipline information on selected topics such as criminal justice and business. This is a great way to get started on your research or to quickly survey current information in the selected field. While you will still access most LexisNexis content from the library via OneSearch, you also have the option to create a free Lexis Uni account. With an account, you can customize the Nexis Uni homepage, save your searches, bookmark documents, and set up journal alerts. If you would like to learn more, please see Lexis Uni Help, available from the database homepage, or Contact a UI&U Librarian.
We are happy to provide you with a one-on-one tutorial or answer any questions you may have. Happy researching!