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For your Information Technology (IT) needs

For your Information Technology (IT) needs

McGill's IT Services website is your one-stop shop for all central IT services at McGill. Visit www.mcgill.ca/it to:

  • Find details on all IT services, including available training and support. Services are organized by categories such as "Telephone, Network and Wireless".
  • Search the McGill IT Knowledge Base for FAQs and supporting articles on all IT services. Search by keywords such as "myMcGill", or by specific article number.
  • View system announcements and scheduled downtimes.
  • Read featured articles on computer security, new software and other timely tips.

Take an interactive video tour of IT services at http://knowledgebase.mcgill.ca/it/welcome-students. Here you'll learn about myMcGill, the University portal, and myCourses, for all of your online course content. You’ll also find information on accessing your McGill email, connecting to the McGill wireless network, taking computer clinics, and downloading free software available to students.

Logging In

Logging In

You need to use your McGill Username (usually in the form of firstname [dot] lastname [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca) and McGill Password to access most central IT services including: myMcGill, myCourses, email, wireless, Virtual Private Network (VPN), and McGill's dialup access service (DAS).

To find out your McGill Username and set your McGill Password:

  1. Log in to Minerva (using your 9-digit McGill ID number and your 6-character PIN).
  2. Go to Personal Menu > Password for McGill Username
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.

myMcGill (the University portal)

myMcGill (the University portal)

myMcGill is the central access point where you:

  • Read your email.
  • Check myCourses.
  • Get direct links to Minerva to view and update your student records and account information.
  • Search the McGill Library Catalogue.
  • Keep abreast of the latest McGill news.
  • And more.

Click myMcGill at the top-right corner of the McGill home page (www.mcgill.ca) and sign in using your McGill Username and McGill Password.

Browser compatibility

Browser compatibility

myMcGill currently supports the latest versions of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer (IE) (Windows)
  • Firefox (Mozilla) (Windows/Macintosh)
  • Netscape (Windows)

myCourses

myCourses

Many of your courses will have online materials or activities such as assignments and readings, the syllabus, project guidelines, discussion forums, calendars, etc.

Access your online course content via myCourses at www.mcgill.ca/mycourses or through links within myMcGill.

  • Sign in using your McGill Username and McGill Password.
  • Click myCourses (WebCT Vista) to enter the site.
  • Verify your browser settings using the Check Browser utility at the top-right corner of the page.

Find more information on myCourses for students at: www.mcgill.ca/it.

Email

Email

Your McGill Email Address (usually in the form of firstname [dot] lastname [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca) is the University's official means of email communication with you. For information on the policy, see E-mail Communications with Students. Access your email at http://exchange.mcgill.ca or through the myMcGill portal using your McGill Username and McGill Password. View your McGill Username, McGill Email Address and set up your McGill Password on the Minerva Personal Menu.

Online Student Directory

Online Student Directory

You can opt in to the student directory and make it easier for your fellow classmates to contact you. Find more on this service at www.mcgill.ca/directory/students.

Getting Connected

Getting Connected

You will need to use your McGill Username and McGill Password to access the services listed below. You can find more details on these services at www.mcgill.ca/it:

Wireless: Access the Internet using your laptop or other mobile device from virtually anywhere on campus, through the McGill Wireless network. Log in to the Wireless network using your McGill Username and McGill Password.

Virtual Private Network (VPN): If you connect to the Internet with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) other than McGill's Dialup Access, you need to establish a VPN connection to access McGill restricted sites and resources (e.g., Library databases). Connect by VPN using your McGill Username and McGill Password.

Dialup Access (DAS): If you do not have a high-speed ISP, use McGill’s dialup service and connect to the Internet using your telephone line and a modem. Log in to DAS using your McGill Username and McGill Password.

McGill Residences Telecommunications: For students living in McGill Residences and McGill Off-Campus Residences, there is a Voice and Data (wired and wireless) service.

Computer Labs: Many faculties and departments provide computer labs for students in their programs. For lab locations, computer availability, software/peripheral availability and more, see http://webforms.mcgill.ca/labs.

Connectivity@McGill iCare Clinic: Attend this free, hands-on clinic and learn how to configure your computer to connect to the Internet via wireless or modem, and how to set up a VPN connection. Find out how to register for IT Training at www.mcgill.ca/it.

Safe Computing

Safe Computing

Computing Safety iCare Clinic: Attend this free clinic and learn how to prevent viruses, spyware, adware and other malicious programs from infecting your computer. Find out how to register for IT Training at www.mcgill.ca/it.

Free software: Download free antivirus software and other campus software from McGill's Software Licensing site at www.mcgill.ca/software. Find out more about campus software and protecting your computer at www.mcgill.ca/it.
Note: Be sure to uninstall any previous antivirus software from your computer before installing new antivirus software.

Ten tips for keeping information secure: Read the University’s information security tip sheet found at www.mcgill.ca/infosec/tips.

Set up your security questions in myMcGill

Set up your security questions in myMcGill

Setting up your security questions and answers for your McGill Password allows you to use the Forgot Password? link found on several McGill applications, in case you forget it.

Once you have set up your McGill Password in Minerva, log into myMcGill (http://my.mcgill.ca) and click the McGill Password Security portlet. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your own security questions and responses.

Need Help?

Need Help?

Welcome New Students: Take an interactive guided tour of IT services: at http://knowledgebase.mcgill.ca/it/welcome-students.

McGill IT Knowledge Base: Search the IT Knowledge Base at http://knowledgebase.mcgill.ca/it for setup instructions and answers to commonly asked questions about IT.

Getting Help?

Getting Help?

Contact the ICS Service Desk by submitting your request via a web form at http://webforms.mcgill.ca, or find out phone and walk-in support hours at www.mcgill.ca/it.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)