Trouble Deciphering Fact from Fiction? We Can Help!

As the midterm elections approach, we are all being bombarded with political ads, sensational news, and social media posts designed to persuade you to vote for a particular candidate. But how do you know what to believe when the information you see is contradictory or inflammatory?

Use the suggestions below to get to the truth.

  1. Consider the claim being made. Does it make sense? Can you verify the claim through another source?
  2. Use a fact-checker like PolitiFact,, or Snopes. They check the credibility of claims and provide you with links to sources to back up their rating.
  3. Pay attention to any sources cited or links embedded in articles. Follow links and citations to attempt to get to an original source of information.
  4. Don’t be afraid to do a Google search about the topic, the candidate, the publication, or the sponsor of the information. You never know what you’ll find out.
  5. Look at the original date of the information. Is it old information that has been recycled? If so, is it still relevant to current events?
  6. Check the sponsor, author, or authority of the information. Do they have an agenda or display a particular bias?
  7. If you are looking at a news source, check the Media Bias Chart. It can also be helpful to read about the creation of the chart, methodology, and additional charts by news network on the ad fontes media

Think you’re an expert at spotting fake news? Test yourself using Factitious: The Spot the Fake News Game.

You may also find the following links helpful when researching how to vote in the upcoming election.

Election Resources at UCBA Voting and Elections

Political Advertising on Google

How to Spot Fake News

As always, Clermont College Library staff are happy to assist if you have any questions!

Heather Mitchell-Botts
Instruction Librarian

Match the Selfie to the Shelfie

The Clemont College Library staff plus two of the tutors from the Academic Success Center were challenged to choose one favorite book. Not an easy task! But we did it. Now you have a chance to match the person (selfie) with their favorite book (shelfie.) Check out the bulletin board in the hall by the library. Fill out the entry and drop it in the contest box on the library’s information desk. One lucky winner will receive a $25 Subway gift card.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

Panel Discussion in the Library — Women in Science: Conversations to Spark Success

In celebration of this year’s UC Common Read, the Clermont College Library and the Academic Support Committee proudly present a panel discussion entitled Women in Science: Conversations to Spark Success. The panel discussion will take place in the library on Thursday, October 18 from 12:30-1:30.

Moderated by Dr. Margaret Hanson, Associate Dean for Natural Sciences at UC’s College of Arts and Sciences,  the panel will engage science and math faculty in conversation about their professional pathways. Panelists include Dr. Krista Clark, Professor of Biology, Carolyn Goodman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Jill Shirokawa, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

For more information about the UC Common Read, Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss, please view this UC Libraries guide:


Katie Foran-Mulcahy
Library Director

Student Art in the Library

For the 2018-19 semesters, the Clermont College Library is pleased to exhibit the art of Caitlyn Richey and Trent McFarland.

Caitlyn shared her thoughts about her artistic process, “ ‘The power of imagination makes us infinite.’ At the beginning, developing the basic materials and ideas for the work is deeply reflective and informative. Later, by bringing materials together I begin to form a-distilling and shaping movement, creating a context, working toward something that feels cohesive and complete and creating a story that tells itself, that is what is powerful to me—and it is the spark that inspires my infinite imagination.”

Trent McFarland’s professor, Kelly Frigard, spoke about him, “Trent is a student artist interested in sea and marine life.  In Drawing II, he worked on this series of oil pastels exploring texture, color, and form.” We hope you enjoy his drawings in this series.

Come check out the student art in the library’s Student Art Spotlight throughout the 2018-19 semesters.  As always, we thank Fine Arts faculty Kelly Frigard and Kim Taylor for their dedicated support of the Student Art Spotlight since 2015. We also thank Terri Teague for organizing and installing the show.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager


Student Lounge Library Access

Next time you’re in the student lounge, remember – your Clermont College Library is only an elevator ride away!

The blue elevator in the student lounge is now enabled to provide 1st and 2nd floor library access.

This will make coming into our space with your Subway (and your entourage) that much more convenient.

Thanks to the Clermont IT and facilities staff for helping to make this new library access point a reality.


Katie Foran-Mulcahy

Library Director

Clermont College Library Has a New Neighbor

Do you have your first paper due soon? Are you nervous about succeeding in that math class? Check out the new Academic Success Center, around the corner from the library.

When you are struggling with an assignment or to understand a difficult concept, it is important to reach out for assistance. Sometimes it helps to hear information in a new way or from a person other than your professor. Even if you are not struggling, but want to do the very best in your courses, go to the ASC for that extra boost. Associate Professor Jo Ann Thompson, with the Academic Success Center, shared “The new ASC is committed to helping Clermont students identify and use their strengths to succeed in all of their classes.” The ASC is available to help students with tutoring in a variety of subjects one-on-one or in groups, at no additional cost.

Whether you have a quick question about an assignment or would like more in-depth help, stop by the ASC in Peters-Jones 104 or email them at to set up an appointment today!

Heather Mitchell-Botts
Instruction Librarian

Win a Backpack Full of School Supplies

Stop by the Clermont College Library and sign up for a chance to win an Ibagbar backpack, filled with supplies for your college venture. The bag is made to hold a laptop and has multiple pockets to store your pens, papers, and markers.

Drop by the library’s information desk and fill out an entry. The contest ends September 14. We’ll announce the winner on September 17.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

New Popular Reading & Movie Collection Brought to You by the Clermont County Public Library

Do you read fiction? Young adult novels? Anime? Self-help? Do you enjoy popular movies? In partnership with the Clermont County Public Library, the Clermont College Library now offers a variety of popular reading material and DVDs.

Natalie Winland, Clermont College Library’s Public Services Manager, who had an integral part in coordinating our new offerings said, “We are excited to offer this new service to our students, faculty and staff.”

Use your Bearcat Card to check out best sellers, nonfiction, graphic novels, Anime, and feature films from the new collection, located on the first floor. Books check out for three weeks, DVDs for one week. We will be adding new items each semester.

Penny McGinnis

Technical Services Manager

Welcome to Clermont College Library, Heather Mitchell-Botts!

Clermont College Library welcomes its newest faculty member – Instruction Librarian, Heather Mitchell-Botts!

Heather Mitchell-Botts, Instruction Librarian

Heather comes to UC Clermont from ECPI University’s campus in Raleigh, North Carolina where she served as Campus Librarian for the past 5 years.  Heather’s experience in teaching and public services is extensive – at ECPI she did everything from teach information literacy classes to create online guides/tutorials to collection development.

Heather’s role at the Clermont College Library will focus primarily on instruction. She’ll serve as instruction coordinator for our library, developing formal information literacy instruction programming and planning to support students both in person and online. Heather will also focus on the development of online tools in support of information literacy and serve as librarian liaison to the ELF and BLT departments.

I’m personally very excited to welcome Heather to our team. She is passionate about teaching and brings a great deal of professionalism and positivity to everything she touches. Please join me in welcoming Heather to UC Clermont College.



Katie Foran-Mulcahy
Library Director

Find Summer Fun at the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Take a look at Clermont College Library’s display case, on the second floor of the Snyder building. You’ll find books on everything from origami to making art on an iPad. There is even a book on exploring Cincinnati.

The library’s two display cases, (one near the library in Peters-Jones and one on the second floor of Snyder) showcase items you can check out, all year round.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager