Did you know that the library has a makerspace? We sure do! MakerspaceMHC is located within the Vera Bracken Library and is open during regular library hours. Everyone is invited to use the space to explore, learn, create and discover.
We have tons of equipment available including: a 3D printer, sewing machine, electronic cutter, a music creation station, poster creation stations as well as, a variety of software for 3D modeling, video game creation and other artistic endeavors. The equipment is available on a drop-in, first-come, first served basis. We also offer a variety of workshops throughout the year highlighting various projects that can be completed within the makerspace location. Please note: that an introductory workshop is required in order to use the 3D printer and/or the electronic cutter.
If you are a student, staff or faulty member of the Medicine Hat College online workshops are available.
Once you login to Blackboard make your way to Library Workshops and pick the applicable workshop. Please note: Make sure to enroll in order to take the short quizzes.
Have fun and get making!
Check the calendar below for available workshops.
You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. – Maxwell Maltz
Not sure how to get started with research? Don’t worry! We have you covered. The library has a very thorough and easy to understand guide to help you learn to do research.
To get you started, here are a few things to keep in mind.
The first step is understanding your assignment. Read it thoroughly and note any specific requirements:
- Type of assignment (essay, poster, report, debate, annotated bibliography, literature review, presentation)
- Number of sources required
- Types of sources required (articles, books, videos, etc.)
- Citation format (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
It is very important that you ask your instructor about anything you don’t understand!
A useful strategy to manage your research is to keep notes as you go. Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas, and, as you consult sources and make notes, keep a list of the sources you used.
There are many ways that you can keep notes to manage your research and citations more easily:
- Use index cards or a notebook.
- Start building your References page as you find your sources.
- Use citation management software such as Mendeley or Zotero.
Managing your time to complete an assignment is essential. There are many resources available at MHC to help you get started, stay organized, and receive feedback.
To check out more information including How to Develop a Topic, How to Find & Evaluate Information, How to Use that Information and so much more check out the library guide.
Library Research Guide
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? – Albert Einstein
We understand that sometimes it’s hard to get started on projects when you’re not even sure where to start. Don’t worry! That’s where the library and our other services come in. This is going to be a dedicated resources for everyone where they can find information related to their assignments and services at Medicine Hat College. Stay tuned for tidbits, tricks and important information to help you along your academic journey.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton