World Wide Web Assignment

Your assignment is to go to the Web syllabus at http://www.wsu.edu/~wldciv/~brians_syllabus/. (Note that the period at the end of the sentence is not part of the address). Then choose a lecture topics and click on them. This will take you to a page which begins with the study questions for a topic, followed by the lecture outline and, at the bottom of the page, an item called "Supplementary materials:s." This is where you will do your Web assignment. Do not use the material above for this assignment and do not go looking for sites on your own using search engines like Yahoo. Choose three different sites on the Web linked to the syllabus. They may be on unrelated topics, or all on the same topic, as you prefer. You will write ONE paper covering THREE sites total. Spend at least an hour or two doing so. Take notes and write up a report on what you learned at each site, totalling at least 600 words altogether. Add a brief comment reacting to the experience and evaluating the site; but this should be a very small part of your paper. This is mainly a "book report" on what you learn from the Web, not a review of it.

Begin each section of your paper by typing the URL (the Web address) of the site's home page. You should be able to copy this from your browser and paste it in your paper. Note that you need three completely different URLs. After "http://" and maybe "www" they should be different. Do not list separate pages at the same site as if they were different sites, and be sure to explore beyond the initial page you link to. Read several pages on the site.

It is important not to put off doing this assignment. For one thing, once you see how extremely helpful this material can be you will want to visit it again and again. For another, if you postpone doing the assignment until the night before it is due you will very likely not be able to find a free computer on which to do it. For this reason, inability to find a free computer at the last minute will not be accepted as an excuse for not completing the assignment. Try the Web, if only for a few minutes, in the first week of class. Directions for getting access and using the software are included in this packet. If this is your first college paper, please note these tips: you should type, double-spaced, all college papers unless told otherwise by your teacher. Always fasten your papers together with a staple or paper clip. College teachers do not have staplers with them in class. There is a public stapler you can use in the reference room of the library. Check to make sure you have written at least the 600-word minimum. Only rarely will a teacher specify a maximum length: otherwise assume you can write as long a paper as you wish.

Please remember, the word is "site," not "sight" or "cite."

One final tip: if you find a site confusing or boring, leave it and try another. Write only about sites where you were able to learn something useful. If you find yourself writing a negative review of a site, stop, cross it off your list, and visit some other site that you can report on positively. Your final paper should not include any sites which you found boring and useless.

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Be sure to explore my own Web photo tours, listed at http://www.wsu.edu/~wldciv/tours.html.

Richard Hooker created an even more extensive collection of pages for the Web version of World Civilizations at http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/. You may want to explore them as well, since they contain many useful and interesting items. A special interactive learning module created by General Education Director Richard Law exploring the question, "What is culture?" gives students to explore one of the concepts of World Civilizations interactively, filled with useful and interesting material.

Remember, the Web assignment involves only the pre-selected sites listed at the bottom of each page of the syllabus under "Supplementary Materials" plus my photo tours. Do not substitute sites you have found through other sources, or pages in Encarta, etc.

If you lack your own personal Web connection, you can use one of the more than fifty computers in the library (ask at the reference desk where they are located--the ones right at the entrance are usually busy, but there are many more). Or you can buy time at one of the several campus computer labs. If you find yourself needing more extensive, dependable time on a computer, one good way to get it is by signing up for English 300, a pass/fail course on English and computing, which gets you access to the lab in Avery Hall for a lower fee than you would pay for other campus labs, and the availability of an English teacher to help you with your writing.

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