It’s library poll time!

December 2, 2014

Complete the library poll this week and let us know what you think.

Your opinion counts!


Helping students succeed one guide at a time

December 1, 2014

Need some math, writing or technical help? The Mohawk College Library can still help! We have self-help Student Success Subject Guides to get you through during a late night study session.

Our Math Help Subject Guide covers topics from all disciplines. If you are a business, nursing or technical and skilled trades student, there is a page for you. Each pages offers a variety of e-books, videos, and tutorials to help you solve that tough math question. Many of the video resources are free to use online.

Need some tips on how to format your essay? Need to cite your sources using APA or IEEE citation styles? Try the Writing Skills Subject Guide. This guide provides information on grammar and spelling, report writing tips many of the resources are online.  Also included is a section on plagiarism and how to avoid it and a page on how to use the plagiarism tool Turnitin. Turnitin is a tool many faculty use to detect plagiarism in students’ essays. As a student you can use this tool to check your paper for plagiarism before you turn in your assignment.

The Tech Support Subject Guide will provide guidance on using eLearn, ePortfolios, MOCOmotion,  just to name a few. As a Mohawk College student you can download a copy of Office 365 and AutoCAD. Instructions can be found on this guide. Printing locations, wireless printing and printing at the IAHS campus are also highlighted. Instructions for logging into OntarioLearn are included for our distance education students.

These guides are just the tip of the iceberg;  a Subject Guide has been created for most Mohawk College programs. Each guide is filled with links to books, magazines, online videos and websites all carefully chosen for your assignment needs. Check them out for yourself or come into any campus library location for a one-on-one tour of your Subject Guide. We are always happy to help in person, by phone or by text/chat.


Support the MSA food bank at your campus library

December 1, 2014

The season for giving is upon us, yet so many people in our community are in need.

The Mohawk Student Association operates a student food bank at each campus in the MSA Office.  This is a free service for students in emergency need of food.  To learn more about the MSA food bank, you can read this article published earlier this year by Mohawk’s own Ignite News.

The Mohawk College Library is encouraging you to support our students and the MSA food bank this holiday season.  The library will be collecting non-perishable food donations at each campus library location in support of this MSA initiative.

Please give generously to support our students!

food bank


In the City: CP Holiday Train supports local food banks

November 28, 2014

CPHolidayTrain

This weekend in the city, embrace the spirit of giving and visit the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train!  Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train is North America’s longest rolling food bank fundraiser.  This annual program has raised nearly $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food.

The CP Holiday Train is stopping in Hamilton this Sunday, November 30th, at Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park.  The festivities start at 7:30 p.m., with the train expected to arrive by 7:45 p.m., including entertainment by ​Kira Isabella.  The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a cash or non-perishable food donation to Hamilton Food Share, which will be on site at the event.

The Holiday Train reminds us that even during this hectic time of year, there are families in need in our own community.  Supporting Hamilton Food Share, or any local food bank, helps to provide a nourishing meal to those who are at risk of going without.

To help you get informed about these issues, Mohawk College Library has a subject guide on poverty.  The guide includes an infographic about poverty in Canada, books, e-books, videos, websites, and much more.  A special investigation series, CODE Red Hamilton, from The Hamilton Spectator, provides interesting information about the lives of people living in Hamilton neighbourhoods.

So kick off the season by giving back to those in need, and support the Hamilton Food Share fundraiser at the CP Holiday Train event.  Take a picture with the Holiday Train and share it with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 


Shop til you drop and then … give

November 27, 2014

givingtuesday

After the spending frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday,  Giving Tuesday reminds us about the importance of helping others during the holiday season.  This is the second year for Giving Tuesday in Canada and,  in a short time,  an amazing 1900 organizations have come together to promote the “opening day of the giving season”.

Sometimes it’s hard to decide where to direct your money, where it will do the most good.  Why not consult MoneySense Magazine’s most recent Charity 100 rankings or Charity Intelligence Canada’s list of 4 star organizations?  Lots of surprises!  Giving doesn’t have to be about money; it can also be about volunteering.  Find a local volunteer opportunity in the Volunteer Hamilton database.

Let us know how you decide to give back on Tuesday!  Share via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 


Mohawk College Open House at the Fennell campus

November 22, 2014

Today, Mohawk College faculty, staff, and volunteers are welcoming you to the Mohawk College Open House at the Fennell campus!   Fennell

This is a great opportunity to discover the wide selection of certificates, diplomas, degrees and apprenticeships programs offered at Mohawk College, and to explore the recently renovated Fennell campus.  You can meet with faculty and staff  who can provide valuable information about programs, admission requirements, and what to expect from campus life.  Our friendly library staff will be available to share the services that you can access at your campus library.

The Open House will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fennell campus.  For maps and directions, please click here.


Careers in the trades: Myths and misconceptions

November 21, 2014

skilled-trades-apprenticeship-graduates-in-demandApprenticeships and skilled trades are in the news again!  Maclean’s recent Jobs report issue included an article entitled, The tricks – and the stigma – of the trades.   Often overlooked and underestimated by parents, guidance counsellors and prospective students, trades careers are an excellent choice for many, including the best and the brightest.  From great compensation (“plumber” makes yesterday’s Workopolis list of jobs that don’t require a degree … but pay really well) to challenging work to flexible schedules to no boss (!),  these are careers that merit some serious consideration … and not just by “general level” students.   Math skills are essential as well as problem solving and other academic skills, according to a recent Talent Egg post.  Interested in learning more?   Check out our Careers in skilled trades  subject guide for everything you need to know and pop into our Stoney Creek campus to see Mohawk’s skills training in action!