Biology 103
Fall, 2006

Instructions for Web Paper Submission

To facilitate posting web projects, they will need to be turned in in an electronic form prepared for posting, as well as in hard copy. The material below is intended to make it as easy as possible to go from a standard word processing document (to be turned in as hard copy) to an HTML document ready for posting. If you are used to preparing web documents in some other way, please see note at end.

Step 1
Write your paper as you normally would, with a numbered list of web (URL, and name of site) and other references at the end, and with citations to that list shown in the text as numbers within parentheses. Print for hard copy. An example is shown below:

Information about Biology 103

Paul Grobstein

Biology 103 has a course home page (1), from which other resources related to the course can be reached. The course home page is located on Serendip, a World Wide Web server which provides additional resources in the areas of neurobiology and behavior, complex systems, science and culture, and science education (2). Among these is a list of recent books, such as Damasio's The Feeling of What Happens (3).

Among the available course resources on Serendip is a forum area (4), where students write weekly comments on material of the course. Each week's comments are moved to their own file, which can be reached by clicking on a topic list at the end of the course home page (1).

WWW Sources

1); Biology 103 home page, on the Serendip web site

2); Serendip, the server home page.

3) Damasio, Antonio. The Feeling of What Happens. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1999.

4); Biology 103 forum area, on the Serendip web site

Step 2
Make a second version of your paper by saving the original version as "text only". Give it a distinctive name, such as name.txt. This version will lose some formatting characteristics, such as underlining and boldfacing. If will also lose text layout features such as tabs and tables You should try and avoid using these in your original paper, though you will have some limited ability to add such formatting when you submit the electronic version and can include them yourself if you are familiar with HTML. If paragraphs are not separated by an empty line in the text only version, add a carriage return after each paragraph. Save your text only version.

Step 3 - Posting your paper

These instructions should work using most browsers on PC's. If you are using a Mac, you may need to download Firefox
  1. Go to
  2. Click on Biology 103
  3. Log in using Serendip user name and password
  4. Click on "create content" and then on "blog entry"
  5. Enter the title of your paper
  6. Copy and past the body of the text only version of your paper, excluding your name and title but including your reference list.
  7. Use the link icon to add active URL's in your reference list (select URL in text, click icon, fill in complete URL in box)
  8. Use icons to add other formatting features as you wish
  9. Click preview
  10. Make corrections in window, click preview, repeat until satisfied
  11. Click submit
  12. You can make subsequent corrections by logging in, finding your entry under "recent posts", and selecting "edit"
  13. Notice that papers can be commented on by any reader ("add new comment")

ENDNOTE. If you want to construct the body of your paper in a way that includes all needed HTML tags, including those for paragraph and line breaks (so as to create special layouts using tabs and tables) then you should "disable rich-text" and select "Full HTML" below the body window.

If you want to go this route, you should add html tags yourself rather than saving word processor documents as html or using web authoring programs. In both cases, the html versions may or may not be fully compatible with the posting program.

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