Creative Thinking


NKU's W. Frank Steely Library is pleased to present class lessons, films, and activities on plagiarism and copyright awareness for the classroom, funded by a generous grant from the Cincinnati Bar Foundation.

Collaborative community support was provided by NKU, the University of Louisville, and regional partners such as CET (Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation), KYVL (Kentucky Virtual Library), and the Campbell County (Ky.) Public Library.

Tied to national and state educational standards, this program offers everything needed to present engaging content for tweens to young adults in multiple disciplines from upper elementary schools through freshman level college courses. It could also be utilized for public library teen programs and community youth groups. The lesson content promotes research honesty and copyright consciousness for students. Both ethical and legal discussions are presented.



Intellectual Property Awareness Center

NKU’s Steely Library and Creative Thinking are pleased to announce the introduction of the IPAC (Intellectual Property Awareness Center) for both NKU constituents and public guests.

The purpose of the new IPAC is to educate creators and consumers of intellectual property about issues such as copyright & fair use, plagiarism, patents & trademarks, and related legal and ethical aspects.

To learn more, hear spokesman and Intellectual Property Librarian John Schlipp  speaking about the IPAC with WNKU’s Matt Kelley.

The IPAC provides wide-ranging associated information resources, workshops, conferences, classes, and more to support libraries, educators, and the community. See IPAC Sessions for future programs. It is important to note that the IPAC will not provide legal advice. Once again, we appreciate your support of Creative Thinking and the IPAC programs at NKU.

What can you find here?


Films are found in Films section section under Lessons.


Book Discussions for popular books Masterpiece and Scumble showcased at BookFest are now available to proactively address plagiarism and copyright challenges with research writing exercises for upper elementary students. Book Discussions for the classic tales of Edgar Allan Poe represented in a Graphic Novel are offered for middle school students.


See guide for information literacy and synthesizing information in student research. Our college level information literacy for classroom applications are available to provide high school instructors the tools to prepare students for both college and career research and writing. Information literacy supports student originality and respect for others intellectual works.


See our Fair Use transformer named Stego in the Handouts section. Stego is a combination stegosaurus dinosaur and VW Beetle automobile.