What a Long Night! Against Procrastination!

All that planning, and we are left in the wake of Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP), with smiles on our faces! Why? Because you, the students, were in full force last night!

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The Library was packed, almost every seat filled, all white boards bearing the weight of erasable ink notes in blue, and black, and red…pink, and purple, and green… the list goes on and on!

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Popcorn was plentiful and snacks were everywhere to be had! And pizza! Well, that line-up was daunting, but we made it through everyone and there was even a bit of leftover for a second-round, which some of you gladly joined for! Studying really works up the appetite!

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The sessions were varied and new this year, and the LNAP team was able to stream seven of these sessions to our Brooks Campus for students there to participate in the event too!

Medicine Wheel activities, weighted blanket sleep clinics, nutritionist talks, and resiliency plans were all popular. The Therapy dogs and extra (long) friends were a real hit and, though I have thought hard about this point, I am not sure who enjoyed the experience more; the students getting to snuggle the dogs, or the dogs getting to snuggle the students?!

Whether it was in an academic session, a physical activity, or a mental health outlet, students accessed the front line services that are available to them year-round. The possibilities were endless and the options connected to students, making this night as successful as we could have ever hoped!

LNAP is more than just about conquering procrastination. This night is for any and all students throughout the course of the post-secondary education. This night is about connecting the students to those services that might make them just that little bit (or a lot) of difference to their lives.

LNAP is for everyone, every-time! We close the Fall 2019 event still riding the excitement and full bellies from last night, and eagerly anticipating the next LNAP coming to Medicine Hat College!

What are some sessions you would like to see for next time? Leave a comment!

You Are Invited To LNAP!

Are you a student at Medicine Hat College? LNAP is for you!

Pre-Register at: www.mhc.ab.ca/LNAP or at the pre-registration table!

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LNAP is the Long Night Against Procrastination, but what does that really mean? It means that we bring student services on site for that night to be accessed by you after their normal hours of work.

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Do you need to chat with the Academic Strategist on study tips? What about Writing Support to improve thesis development and paper structure? Do you have a question for Library’s Information Team on how to get started on research or how to make APA or MLA citations?

If the answer to any of these is yes, than LNAP is for you!

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What if you’re not a procrastinator? What if you have all of the above handled? I’m excited to say that the offerings don’t end there! Have you ever thought about how your mental health is affecting your academic health? One can affect the other and vice-versa, which is why it is essential to take care of both! In that, LNAP is for you!

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Nutrition and sleep hygiene can severely limit you if you’re not taking care, so why not take a session to gather tips on establishing good patterns in these areas! A talk on True Grit will help enforce resilience tools, creating a base for you to ground yourself on. Physical activities (Belly Dancing, Urban Poling, Yoga, and Zumba) throughout the night provide a welcomed break to the studying of the night, but also of the semester! The Zen Zone (Southwest Lounge in the Library) will have Medicine Wheel Activities at set times, and rock painting will occur all night. And then… there are the dogs!! Come hangout with our furry friends for a laugh, a cuddle, and maybe a puppy kiss or two!

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This is your invitation to an amazing night centered around the most important thing in our school. You, the students! LNAP is for you!

Pre-Register at: www.mhc.ab.ca/LNAP or in person on:

  • September 30 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 1 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 2 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 3 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 4 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 7 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 8 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 9 – 5:00-8:00PM (Main Entrance MHC)
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Ps. Popcorn and Pizza will be there… Really, LNAP should could stand for the Long Night Around Popcorn, Pizza, Puppies, Positivity, and Power. LNAPPPPP!!!

Meet the Team!

Alison:

I am the Library’s Administrative Assistant. I handle ordering supplies, distributing mail, preparing documents and other administrative tasks. I love the natural light in the library and the quiet study spaces, which to me encourage focus and consideration. I am looking forward to seeing the traffic come through the library this year, whether that be a rush of students during exam week, a guest speaker or members of the community looking for a good read – seeing the libraries resources utilized and people discovering all there is to offer (often for FREE) makes me very happy.

Jessica:

I am a newly-out-of-college, archery-obsessed Library Assistant 1 for MHC! I mainly handle check-outs/check-ins and AV equipment and I promise I can also give tech assistance that is only a little bit sketchy… 😉 All jokes aside, I am super happy to be here with you all and I’m really looking forward to an exciting second year at the Vera Bracken Library.

Jennifer:

I am one of many Library Assistant 1s that focus mainly on the circulation of material and multimedia equipment. My favorite thing about the library is all of the windows and being able to help all of the learners we interact with. I’m looking forward to the events that are held throughout the academic year and meeting new people!

Laura:

I am a Library Assistant 1 in the Vera Bracken Library at the Medicine Hat College.  As one would have to, working in a library, first and foremost: I love the books!  I also love helping and assisting students and community members, and building displays.  What I am looking forward to the most this school year is the opportunity to serve my first year on the display committee, and with that, the ability to use my creativity more!

Danika:

I’m a Library Assistant 1 here at MHC! I’m quite new here, but so far I love the calming and inclusive atmosphere that the Vera Bracken Library brings. I’m most excited for growing myself personally, as well as meeting new people!

Terina:

It is nice to see new and returning faces! I am a Library Assistant 1 at Vera Bracken, and I am excited about the library’s new look! The new poster printer is an exciting addition to the library! Come and check it out!

Colleen:

I am a Library Assistant 1, and brand new to the team this year, working in the evenings and on weekends. As a college student, I loved spending time in the library, so I am thrilled to now get to help learners find out everything this space has to offer! I am most excited this year to learn more about the cool technology we have in the library, like the 3D printer. I want to see someone make something awesome!

Jocelyn:

I work evenings and weekends as a Library Assistant I. We have changed a lot this year, mostly in terms of the spaces, and I am looking forward to seeing how our students use the new areas.

Karina:

I am the student position Library Assistant 1. I love working in a place that is always so bright and open. I am most excited to see what this year has waiting for myself and all the other students at MHC!

Kathy:

I work as a Library Assistant 1 on the Brooks campus! Pretty much anything and everything, we can help you with in the Library. I am excited to see what happens with the EBSCO Solar Power Grant we received for Brooks campus this year!

Linda:

On the Brooks campus I am a Library Assistant 1. I am happy to see all the new students on campus, and can’t wait to help them out at the desk.

Courtney:

I am new to the Brooks campus Library Assistant 1 team. I am so happy to be working in the Library, because of what libraries mean to me. I am excited to help students access resources and open up their minds to all the possibilities right at their fingertips through Library resources!

Rhonda:

I am the newest addition to the team, and work on Information Services. I am so excited by the friendliness of the team here at the Library, and excited about the year ahead of us. It should be great!

Kimberley:

I’m a Library Technician and a member of the Info Services team here at MHC; I’m also helping students/faculty out with their copyright questions this semester. I love the library for its enthusiasm and welcoming atmosphere and I’m excited to see the students learn and evolve this year!

Carly:

I am the technology specialist and I love being able to work with various different forms of technology. This year I am excited about some of the new changes coming up, one in particular, but it’s a secret. Shh.

Anne:

I am part of the Information Services team, and a Library Technician at Vera Bracken. Looking forward to helping you at the Service Desk.  We have lots of tools, tips and tricks that might make your assignments less stressful so please stop by and ask us!

Denise:

Hi – I am a part of the Information Services team and considered the “APA guru”.  It is great to see the library filled with students and especially the new open seating area of the library; it is so well used!  The part of my job I most enjoy is working with students and answering your questions about citing and finding information, so please stop by the desk and ask!

Adrian:

Hi! I am the instruction librarian and business liaison at Vera Bracken Library. When I think about teaching,  I use this motto: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” Xunzi

Danya:

Hello to everyone, and welcome to another year at the Library. I am the Instruction and Engagement Librarian, liaison for Health Sciences and Trades, and I work on the Information Services team. I am looking forward to seeing student utilize the areas we have created for them, and to gather feedback on how we can improve our offerings. See you around the Library!

Michelle:

I am the Manager, Library Services, which means I head an extraordinarily diverse and talented team of Library Assistant 1s, while also being part of the Information Services team. I work in two beautiful libraries, with teams of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals I have had the pleasure to work with, matching the friendliness and enthusiasm I see from our MHC Faculty, Staff, and Students, as well as our Community Members! I am most excited to see how our students will respond to our spaces this year, and what new services we can offer them to assist with their studies!

Joanne:

I am the Technology and Resource Librarian at Medicine Hat College, and Library liason for the Arts. I am really excited by the new open area in the Library, which has allowed us to offer more group study space while creating quiet study options on the other side of the Library. I am also excited by the new database offerings we have this year. Take a look at our website and explore the different options!

Jason:

I am the Director of Teaching and Learning, and I am passionate about libraries, learning, and leadership.  I love walking onto this gorgeous campus every day, where I get to support people who are service-oriented and mission driven.  I am most excited about involving students in the design of a solar garden at our Brooks campus.  

Get Connected Through Your SA!

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are changing colors as the last few days of summer wind down and we all go back to campus! Luckily, here at the SAMHC we have five helpful tips and tricks to share with you to make sure that this is your best year ever at Medicine Hat College!

  • Number one, did you know that the SAMHC has an app?!? It’s true! Download it today for easy connections with your classmates, to be kept in the loop on all the awesome events that are happening on campus (and in the library!) and to organize your class schedule too!!
  • You know what’s a drag – lugging around a winter jacket and boots in the colder months of the year! Don’t fall victim to the winter blues, come in the SAMHC and rent a locker to store your coat and more. Just please, remember to clean out all your food ;D
  • Number three is one of the best services that we offer as the Students’ Association – and it’s all about the Health and Dental Plan. In order to ensure that students don’t drop out of college because of medical bills, we got you covered with our extensive H&D plan. Pop by today or hop onto www.studentbenefits.ca to see all the awesome things you’re now covered for as a full time, domestic student!
  • Number four on the docket is a service that we love providing to students in need and is our Campus Food Cupboard! If you’re experiencing food insecurity because of short funds, come and see us for access to food right here on campus!
  • And last but certainly not least, no college experience is complete without some fun and that’s just what our Ping-Pong tables are made for! Located in the Den, the Ping-Pong tables are free for students and are a great way to hang out and relieve some of that college stress!

And there you have it, our 5 best tips to help get your year starting off great! Don’t forget to grab the app and remember to get involved to make the most of your MHC experience!!

First Week Back…

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First week back… and it has already flown by! We opened the Library to new faces flooding our spaces as New Student Orientation took over the campus on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The smiling faces increased as our returning students headed back to classes on Wednesday. The excitement and readiness to tackle the year ahead was obvious, and we were happy to lend some new tools for the conquering!

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We launched our self-serve printer credit load on ALL drop-in computers across campus. Students can now load their printing accounts from their credit cards, even if the Library is not open. Log-in to any drop-in computer across campus, and utilize this new service! It will like the icon featured below:

Students took to our Library and discovered all-new spaces from what they knew of the Vera Bracken from last year. The former Makerspace has transformed into a comfy front Lounge complete with 3D printer and Cameo Sillohette (sewing machine, lighting studio kit, and electronic piano can be sign-out via our Multimedia desk), while the alcove was converted into a quiet study space for solo or two-person study. The Quiet Study Room has turned into a cozy corner, and the full West side of the Library has completely opened up to provide a huge light-filled space specifically designed for group study. Drop by the library to discover the possibilities! Whether you’re a new student or returning, come find your new favorite spot on campus!

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Though the students were in numbers filling the hallways and classes, it seems that the Robots are taking over the library!

Lego Mindstorms has been added to our collection for use by our MHC staff, faculty, and students…and the learning is only dwarfed by the fun! Ask at our Multimedia Service Desk (Vera Bracken, Main Campus) or Library Desk (Brooks Campus) for more details on how you can take one home for a week using your library card!

As we look forward to the year ahead, the first week back has certainly set us up for a fun, empowering, refreshing, and all-around electric year!

Avoiding Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism

Plagiarism means using someone else’s work without giving proper credit.

“Work” includes but is not limited to written words, art, music, information from the Internet, videos, interviews, data or statistics.

“Giving proper credit” means carefully following the formatting rules of a documentation style such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.


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Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is a serious academic offense. It is important to inform yourself of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it in your work.

The following are some examples of plagiarism:

  • Improper paraphrasing or summarizing even if cited correctly. When restating information in your own words you must ensure that you are synthesizing the information in your own writing style and are not simply changing a few words or reversing the order of words in the sentence.
  • Handing in someone else’s work as your own, such as another student’s paper or purchasing a paper from a paper mill.
  • Not citing information that has been paraphrased or summarized (information or ideas that have been put into your own words).
  • Providing an incorrect citation for borrowed information. Accidentally mixing up the citation and the source is still considered plagiarism.
  • Failing to put quotation marks around information that was copied even if it was cited.
  • Self plagiarism, using a previous paper for a current assignment without permission from your instructor.

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Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

  1. Start early: give yourself enough time to complete your assignment. When short on time, it is easy to make mistakes when taking notes and citing your sources. Research, citing, and writing the paper often takes much longer then anticipated; try an assignment calculator to help you manage your time.
  2. Keep track of your sources: either save your research in your email or use a reference manager such as Mendeley or Zotero.
  3. Cite correctly: learn the required documentation style APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. Check with your instructor on which style you are required to use for the assignment.
  4. Complete the bibliography BEFORE writing: complete your list of sources in the required style before taking notes and writing, so it is clear what is needed for your in-text citations.
  5. Take accurate and complete notes: when taking notes or writing your first draft, make sure to always indicate:
    • copied information – enclose in quotation marks AND provide a citation
    • paraphrased or summarized information – provide a citation
    • your own thoughts – nothing is required
  6. Take time to review and ask questions: proofread your work to make sure you cited everything correctly. Seek assistance from library staff or your instructor if you have any questions about your sources.
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Google it: Five Tips to Search like a Pro

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Just “Google it”— often friendly disputes about factual matters will end up with that phrase. We have grown so familiar with the search engine, and the way it resolves our everyday questions. Yet we have forgotten the amazing features up its sleeve.

Here is a brief overview of the most useful Google search tips:

1. Search within a website

The search engines of most websites are poor. Instead, use Google’s site or domain limiter to search within a single website. For example, searching with site:cbc.ca followed by a search term. In other words, site:example.com text goes here

2. Find influential papers

Some papers are of central importance to a research topic, often because they report a major breakthrough, or theories that have an accepted validity among the scholarly community.  At some point in your student life, you will be required to find influential or seminal papers. Fortunately, Google offers a database devoted only to scholarly papers, called Google Scholar, which allows you to track how often and how recently a paper is cited in other scholarly literature.  Simply look for “Cited by”.

3. Find similar websites

Quality research demands synthesis—combining ideas from a number of sources to form a coherent whole. For this reason, if you found something you really like online, try your best to find similar websites. Simply type in “related:” in front of a web address, you already know. For example, related:adidas.ca., without a space between words. This Google search technique is especially useful when conducting market research.

4. The Power of the Asterisk

Like the blank tile in Scrabble, the asterisk * works as a placeholder within searches. Use it when your cunning memory prevents you from recalling a word, or parts of a word. For example, a search for child* will search for child, but also childhood, children, and any other word which starts with child.

5. Exact Phrase

This is the simplest way to specify that you only want websites—where the visible body text—exactly matches the sequence of words enclosed in quotation marks. For example, “Access to Information Act, RSC 1985, c A-1”. Use this search technique to find fragments from texts, or exact titles.

Remember…

All these tips solely focus on discovering information, yet this is a tiny part of the research process. If you want to learn more about research, this guide is for you!

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Bibliography

Gibbs, Samuel. (2016, January 15). How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.thegaurdian.com/technology/2016/jan/15/how-to-use-search-like-a-pro-10-tips-and-tricks-for-google-and-beyond

Google LLC. (2019). How to search on Google. Retrieved March 4, 2019, from https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/134479?h1+en

Stetson University. (2018). Google Advanced Search & Google Shortcuts. Retrieved March 4, 2019, from https://guides.stetson.edu/c.php?g=431278&p=2942376