Hello students! For those of you who are just starting, welcome to the Medicine Hat College, and for those of you returning, welcome back! The library is excited to see you and we’re once again here to help you along the path to success.
As we all know, a journey always starts with the first step… into the library! In this case, that first step is getting your student ID card. Here is some quick information to help you figure out what you need.
To get a student ID card, please proceed to the library. Once you’re there, please stand in the line up to receive your card. Bring a piece of government issued photo ID with you; otherwise, you will not be able to receive your student card. Once you reach the front of the line, we will use your ID card to confirm your identity and then take your photo. We’ll then hand back your government issued ID as well as your brand-spankin’-new student ID card, once it’s printed.
- If you have lost your card and you need a new one, there is a $5 replacement fee. Try not to lose it!
- Your student ID will give you access to library materials, the weight room/gym, and student events, among other things.
- Keep your card as long as you are a student. You will receive a new yearly expiry sticker.
- If you are accessing material off campus through the library system it will ask you for your barcode. This barcode is the longer 14-digit number found on the bottom of your card, under the physical barcode.
Don’t worry about waiting in the line. Simply walk up to the main library service desk and ask for your card to be renewed. We will give you a new expiry sticker and that’s it- you’re done!
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
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