Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Creating Perfect Page Headers - APA Style

The following steps can be taken to create properly formatted page headers as specified in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. These steps are specific to Word 2007, but can be easily adapted for use in Word 2010.

NOTE: Clicking the images will enlarge them in a new tab/window.

STEP 1: Insert a 3 column header: Insert (tab) > Header drop-box (Header & Footer panel) > select Blank (Three Columns). Erase the middle column once it has been inserted—click once and press Delete or Backspace. The left and right columns will align perfectly every time regardless.

STEP 2: Enter your header text and auto-page number function in the appropriate column area. This is done by clicking once on the [Type text] boxes and entering desired header text (left-side box), and using the insert page number function (right-side box).

NOTE: When inserting the page number: click the right-side box, select Page Number drop-box (from either the Insert or Design tabs) > Current Position > Plain Number.

STEP 3: Select the Different First Page check-box in the Options panel under the Design tab. Do not worry if the header disappears.

STEP 4: Repeat steps 1 and 2, and insert the desired text (i.e., "Running head: . . . ") and page number where appropriate.

STEP 5: You can insert a page break in the main body of the manuscript to see if it works. Once beyond page 1, the running head (sans the phrase: "Running head:") should appear.

STEP 6: Double click or highlight the individual header elements and format the text accordingly (i.e., 12-point, Times New Roman font).
  • If your page number goes to the second line, click immediately after the conclusion of your header text and press the Delete key until your page number returns to the first line.

  • There is more than one way to perform any action in Word, this is just a method we prescribe.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Changing Passwords

As a student starting at Medicine Hat College, the default user name and password follows this pattern (click here for more details):
  • User name: firstname.lastname (all lowercase)

  • Password: last four digits of student ID#, followed by first three letters of last name (with the first letter capitalized; e.g., 1234Las)
If you misplace your registration papers or Campus ID Card, it is possible for someone to intuit this information and access your personal accounts. To this end, it is in your interest to change these passwords.

In the past, if you changed one password, that change would be recognized/synchronized by all online services (Blackboard, computer log-in, and e-mail). These online/system services are now independent, so you will have to change them each manually. If you desire to do this, follow these directions for each:

  1. Log-in with default user name and password.
  2. Select "Personal Information" in "Tools" box (left-hand side of screen).
  3. Select "Change Password."
  4. Enter and verify new password > click "Submit."
  5. Once verified, click "OK," and continue with your Blackboard session.
  6. Use your new password for your next Blackboard session.
  1. Log-in with default user name and password.
  2. Once logged in, click: Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  3. From the options, select: "Change a password..."
  4. Follow onscreen directions (enter current password > enter new password > confirm new password >click "OK" or arrow buttons to continue).
    1. Password Creation Rules (3 of 4 conditions must be used, computers only):
      1. At least one upper case letter must be used.
      2. At least one lower case letter must be used.
      3. At least one number must be used.
      4. At least one special character must be used from the following set: @ # % - _ .
  5. Change of password confirmation should be given.
  6. Use your new password for your next computer session.

When using the student portal, you will create your own unique password when creating this account. You can modify this password by:
  1. Log-in with default user name and current password.
  2. Select: "Menu" (near top left corner of portal's interface) > "My Profile" > "Change Password."
  3. Enter: "Old Password" > "New Password" > "Confirm New Password" > Click: "Change Password"
  4. Once verified, continue with your myMHC session.
  5. Use your new password for your next myMHC session.
  1. Log-in with default user name and password.
  2. Select "Settings" (near top right corner of interface).
  3. Select "Accounts and Import" tab.
  4. Select: "Google Account settings"(in "Change account settings" area).
  5. Click "Change password."
  6. Enter: current password > enter new password > confirm new password > Save
  7. Once confirmed, continue with you e-mail session, the next time you log-in, you will use your modified password.
If you want to test your relative password strength, click here.

For password assistance, please see the library's Information Desk or the Information Technology Services' Help Desk (located near B223 on the second floor of the B-wing).

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Default User Name & Password

When logging into most online services (Blackboard, computers, and e-mail) at the college, you will initially use the following pattern:
  • User name: firstname.lastname

  • Password: last four digits of student ID#, followed by first three letters of last name (with the first letter capitalized)
For more information about the Campus ID Card, click here.

Click here to learn about changing your passwords.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - September 2010

Zakk Morrison
Coordinator, Sport & Wellness Resources

They say, “size doesn’t matter”.

I believe this to be true, especially when it comes to the Vera Bracken Library. For the VBL, it’s all about – quality!

All services offered either within the VBL, or online provide me with the academic resources necessary to get the job done well.

However, size can impact the experience. For me, the VBL staff have always greeted and assisted with big hearts, big brains and big smiles.

Thanks VBL for ensuring I always have the quality resources I need at hand.

P.S. ... and thanks for the BIG SMILES!