Fall 2014 – Summer 2015
McGill's IT Services website is your one-stop shop for all central IT services at McGill. Visit www.mcgill.ca/it to:
Take an interactive video tour of IT services at http://kb.mcgill.ca/it/welcome-students. Here you'll learn about myMcGill, the University portal, and myCourses (for online course content). You’ll also find information on accessing your McGill email, connecting to the McGill wireless network, and downloading free software available to students.
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, and Virtual Private Network (VPN).
For some systems, such as uPrint, you may sign in using your McGill Short Username, i.e., the first letter of your first name + first five letters of your last name, usually followed by a number (e.g., jsmith5).
To find out your McGill Username and Short Username, and to create or reset your McGill Password:
myMcGill is the central access point where you:
Click myMcGill in the Quick Links menu, at the top of any McGill web page (www.mcgill.ca), and sign in using your McGill Username and McGill Password.
Many of your courses will have online materials or activities such as assignments and readings, syllabuses, project guidelines, discussion forums, calendars, etc.
Access your online course content via the myCourses link within the myMcGill portal.
Find more information on myCourses for students at: www.mcgill.ca/it.
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 at www.mcgill.ca/secretariat/policies/informationtechnology. Access your email at https://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.
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.
You will need to use your McGill Username and McGill Password to access the services listed below:
Wireless: Through the McGill Wireless network, you can access the Internet using your laptop or other mobile device from virtually anywhere on campus, including McGill residences and the inter-campus shuttle buses. Log in to the Wireless network using your McGill Username and McGill Password. Find configuration instructions for your computer/phone in the IT Knowledge Base at kb.mcgill.ca/it/wireless.
EZproxy: If you are off campus, you will need to sign into EZproxy before gaining access to restricted McGill Library databases and other library resources. Find more details on EZproxy in the IT Knowledge Base at kb.mcgill.ca/it/ezproxy.
Virtual Private Network (VPN): If you need to access restricted systems or servers from off campus, you may be required to establish a VPN connection. See kb.mcgill.ca/it/vpn for additional information.
Tips for keeping information secure: Read about steps you can take to protect your data and identity at www.mcgill.ca/it/information-security.
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 in to myMcGill (https://mymcgill.mcgill.ca) and click the link in the McGill Password Security portlet. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your own security questions and responses.
Welcome New Students: Take an interactive guided tour of IT services: at http://kb.mcgill.ca/it/welcome-students.
McGill IT Knowledge Base: Search the IT Knowledge Base at http://kb.mcgill.ca for setup instructions and answers to commonly asked questions about IT.