Archive for January, 2018

All It Takes is Practice: Workshops for Success (and A+’s)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

blog post picWe are one month into the semester and classes are in full swing. Are you drowning in assignments and exams? Do you feel overwhelmed by the fact that you’re expected to be proficient with doing research and using citations already? Are you wondering how you can improve your grades and ace your classes? Drop in on one or more of our Academic Skills Workshops and find out what you can do to level up your research and study skills.

Delivered by librarians and instructors, the Academic Skills Workshops provide small class instruction and practice on academic skills essential to succeed in university-level courses.

The sessions include:

  • Student Success: A+ Study skills
  • Student Success: Exam Writing Strategies
  • Sentences: Structure & Style
  • Critical Reading: Thinking, Responding, Notetaking
  • Writing With Other People’s Ideas: Paraphrasing and Summarizing
  • Writing With Other People’s Ideas: Quoting & Citing
  • Editing Strategies: Avoiding Common Errors
  • Researching: Academic vs Popular Sources
  • Documenting Sources: APA & References
  • Documenting Sources: MLA & Works Cited

The workshops are currently running in Kelowna and Penticton Campus and open to anyone who wants to attend. All you need to do is check the workshop schedule on our library website and drop in to any session that interests you and fits in with your schedule. No registration necessary. Vernon and Salmon Arm also hold similar workshops based on current student needs. You can find out more about their current workshops on the library website.

You are in control of your own success, and like everything else, being a successful college student requires practice. So take advantage of the workshops and other help available in the library and make your college career go swimmingly!

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Who needs Netflix?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

warm-and-cozy-1975215__340It’s January: the holiday festivities are over, days are long and dreary, and it feels like Spring is a long way off. In other words, it’s the perfect time to hunker down and watch some movies. Okanagan College Library offers you free access to a broad range of films online – from documentaries, course-related content to animated Canadian classics and current feature films. Here’s a few to start with:

a.pngExplore award-winning documentaries for personal interest or academic research. Filmmaker’s Library from Alexander Street covers topics across the spectrum: race & gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.

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Criterion offers a wide range of feature films across all genres, from action & Western to romance & thrillers, including new releases like Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find ThemWonder Woman, La La Land, Logan & Hidden Figures.

films.pngFilms on Demand – Health & Medicine gives you access to thousands of documentaries in the fields of health, nursing, medicine, psychology, and more. Start by exploring the Bill Moyers collection, learning about Alternative Medicine, or browsing over 100 titles about Personal Health & Wellness.

nfb logo.pngThe NFB is a treasure trove of Canadian films – animated and live action, documentaries and features, long and short, old and new. You can’t go wrong with a classic animation like the Log Driver’s Waltz or wildlife documentary like Death of a Legend. And it couldn’t be more Canadian than the NFB’s collection of hockey films!

Go ahead and explore the full list of our streaming video databases – you’re sure to find a film or two to help you beat the January blues!


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