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Writing Papers on this Website

All students enrolled in Dr. Earley's online courses should have an account on this system (a username and password should have been sent at the beginning of the semester). If you do NOT have an account, please contact Dr. Earley. To create pages, you must first login to the system.


Creating a new pageNavigation Box

  1. After logging in, a Navigation menu should appear on the left side of the screen. Select the Add Content menu item.
  2. If more than one option appears, select Discussion Paper.
  3. You should now have a page titled Create Discussion Paper. Enter a title in the first box.
  4. In the Paper section, you must select a term (ex. Paper1) from the drop-down menu.
  5. The Body section is where you will put the content of your paper. You can cut and paste from another program if you prefer, or simply type your paper directly in on the website.  A variety of formatting options are available as buttons on the top of this page.
  6. To save your work, scroll to the bottom of the page and press the Save button button.  If you leave this page without hitting the SAVE button, you will lose all of your work.  Save often.  You can always go back and edit your pages.
  7. To make changes to one of your existing pages, use the Edit tab.


Formatting Text

Buttons available in the webpage Editor

A toolbar similar to the one shown above should appear above the box where the Body of your text appears. If this does NOT appear, click on the Switch to rich text editor link that should appear below this box. If you allow your pointer to hover over these buttons, a brief description of the function of each button should appear. Many of these are standard text formatting options, such as BoldItalicUnderline. The subscript (x2) and superscript (x2) are useful for chemical formulas. The ABC buttons provide a spell checker. As you can see, a range of other options also exist. A summary of the functions for each of these buttons is available on the CKEditor web site.


Inserting Images

To insert an image, it is first necessary to download or create the image on your computer. To insert an image in your paper, position the cursor to the location where you want the image to appear, then select the insert image icon (Insert Image icon). Once selected, the following dialog box should appear.

View of Image Properties popup window

To upload your image, select the Browse Server button. A new window similar to the one shown below should appear.

IMCE file browser popup window

To upload your image, select the Upload button and either drag your file into the window or "Add file" to get a standard file browser. Select the upload button on the bottom of this box, then close the upload box by selecting the "x" on the upper corner of this box. Your newly-uploaded file should already be selected. (If not, select the desired file). Select the Insert file button to insert your file in your paper. You can resize this picture if desired and add some descriptive text if desired. Finally, select    OK    button to insert your image.


Creating links

  1. Select the Insert/Edit link button, Link icon.
  2. Type or paste the web address (URL) in the box that appears.  This is most easily done by 'cutting' the address from the URL box in a tab/window that contains the page of interest (using <Ctrl>-c), moving back to the course website, and 'pasting' the address (using <Ctrl>-v).


Symbols and Special Characters

In some cases, it is useful to be able to add special characters, such as a degree sign to indicate temperature. To add special characters on this site, perform the following steps.

  1. Move the cursor to the location where you want to insert the character.
  2. Select the "Insert Symbols" icon (shown below) from the toolbar.

Insert symbols icon on the editor's toolbar.

  1. A popup menu should appears. When you select (click on) any of these symbols, it should be inserted into your document.

Image showing the special characters available in the editor


Finding and editing your pages

Link to User page

  1. The easiest way to find and view your pages is to use the User menu box on the left side of the screen and select the My Pages link.
  2. Alternatively, you can click on your username which should appear as a link near the top right corner of the web page. This should take you to the page containing your profile information, and from here select the My Pages tab.
  3. A list of any/all of the pages you have created on this site should appear.  Clicking on any Title should take you to a view of the page, while clicking on the edit link will allow you to directly edit the page.