Thursday, March 31, 2016

Beware or Be Aware of April Fools' Day?

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Who has ever wondered why a lot of people are tagged 'fools' on 1st April of every year? They say once it is past 12 noon, the pranks cease.  Funny enough, once it is time, nobody indulges in such anymore. Just like Valentine's Day, a lot of people actually plan towards achieving their aims for the April Fool's Day. Imagine being fooled by a little kid who screams APRIL FOOL right after playing a fast one on you? These pranks could be fun when played among family members, especially in a mild way, as opposed to being tricked into danger. 

Some guys actually propose to their dates on that day, WHY?
Some fraudsters send bulk SMS alert to people with all kinds of enticing messages to lure them into danger.

As a lady, what if someone says: 'you are very pretty', then after saying 'thank you' (with your wholehearted smiles and 32 wide open), he says: "April Fool"! 

What if your dad calls you on phone to say: "Hey chap, I'm coming to pick you up for lunch, alongside your friends". Then, you call up all your friends and they get all dressed up only to get to your house and your dad screams: 'April Fool'!

Funny enough, most times people get fooled even after they had warned others against the pranks of April Fool. People can actually post that the fuel price or dollar price has been slashed! BEWARE!

Some actually go to the MEAN length of spreading rumours about people's death, WHY?
Others could forge sweet presidential speeches by President Buhari. A lot more could be done by humans all in the name of April Fools' Day celebration.

The police could feign an arrest of an innocent citizen all in the the spirit of April Fool.

Now,Can you actually wish someone 'Happy April Fools' Day"?'

 Tomorrow (April 1, 2016) is April  Fool's Day and here are some tips from Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka  on how you MAY avoid being fooled:

1) Set your alarm clock to remind you of the date to keep you conscious.
2) You may choose not to pick any calls until after 12noon tomorrow. But what what if your boss calls you with another number? Now, you choose: A query or a trick?
3) If you get any alert that the library is closing at 12midnight tomorrow, please disregard it.
4) Be cautious of any Invitation tomorrow except you may have had a prior knowledge in that regard.
5) If you pick your call, first say: "April Fool" before starting up your conversation. This way, you not only scare the prankstars away, but you alert others too.

You can add your own tip by commenting below or sharing this post with your friends! Tell us what crazy things people could do on April Fools' Day!

For more on April Fool's Day, especially the history, you can follow these links:'_Day

Thanks and enjoy your day!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

'Free Access to Virtual Issue of specially selected research on Gender, Politics and Society'

featured_researchIn Celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2016, the Virtual Issue of specially selected research on the theme of Gender, Politics and Society is taken from the latest volumes of Emerald book series in the field and is free to access until April 7, 2016.

 Here are the links to access.…/international_women…

Monday, March 21, 2016

GSP 111 ( The Use of the Library and Study Skills) Exam

Hot seat! 

Students matching into the CBT centre, after Accreditation.
The GSP 111 exam for fresh students was taken on Monday, 21st March, 2016. The course was introduced in 2008 and all along, the exams had been manually conducted. Alas! The journey has begun! We do not only teach ICT in The Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, we live it!

Thursday, March 17, 2016


DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
For some of us on Researchgate, have you ever wondered what DOI stands for, each time we attempt uploading our paper (s) on the platform? During the process at times, you are asked whether you wish to generate a 'DOI' for your article or that you should provide an existing DOI. Well, as strange as it may sound to some of us, the American Psychological Association (APA) has it that:

"A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when your article is published and made available electronically.
All DOI numbers begin with a 10 and contain a prefix and a suffix separated by a slash. The prefix is a unique number of four or more digits assigned to organizations; the suffix is assigned by the publisher and was designed to be flexible with publisher identification standards.
We recommend that when DOIs are available, you include them for both print and electronic sources. The DOI is typically located on the first page of the electronic journal article, near the copyright notice. The DOI can also be found on the database landing page for the article (

ORCID is pronounced: Awk - ID. This is a very good parameter for assigning uniqueness to articles/datasets. Now, for those of us who bore a different name and later changed to another name, this is a very good way of retaining our previous works so that they can always be linked to our papers/ profiles bearing our new names. Besides an author may bear same name with another author, this ORCID assigns uniqueness to each author's papers, irrespective of the names which are similar. It is advisable to register with ORCID. For some of us that submit articles to impact factor journals, you notice that they would usually want to identify your works by asking you to link up your submission profile with your ORCID  profile.

According to,

"As researchers and scholars, you face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing your research activities from those of others with similar names. You need to be able to easily and uniquely attach your identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. As you collaborate across disciplines, institutions and borders, you must interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating.
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications. "

You can read more from What is ORCID? | ORCID  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

General Studies Programme Examinations.- computer-aided.

The General Studies Programme (GSP) examinations commenced today, 15th March, 2016 at Nnamdi Azikiwe Library. The programme comprises the Use of English, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Peace and Conflict Resolution Humanities and Use of the Library and Study Skills. Students, including the handicapped turned out en masse for the examination. 

The examination is designed to be computer-based, in other words, CBT(Computer-Based Test) and this innovation just commenced this year, 2016. Lecturers are advised to upload all their continuous assessment grades in readiness for the examination grades. 


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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