Papers on the Web

Along with every paper you submit for this course, you will also either send an e-mail attachment or submit a disk version of your essay saved either in Word or as text (Word attachments are preferable; text is for Mac users only). Please remove your name from the file and simply call it "paper.doc"; the papers on the web will be anonymous.

A day or so after I have received the papers, you will be able to read them here.

To access the page, you will need to enter the username and password I have given you. No one without this username and password will be able to read the papers.

Following please find the theory behind Papers on the Web:

  1. Those of you who are pleased with your work will have the opportunity to share it with others. Those of you who are not will have further incentive to make your work better.

  2. Because the access page will list both your title and thesis, the knowledge that your thesis will be accessible on this page may push you to craft and revise your thesis more carefully. For those of you whose theses tend to be too general, as is often the case, this page will allow you to see a wide range of theses, some of which will be more specific than others.

  3. The knowledge that your paper will be posted on the web will make you think more and differently about your relationship to your audience.

  4. The ability to see what other students are working on and thinking about will foster intellectual discourse both inside and outside the classroom. (The latter is not a pie in the sky!)

  5. By looking at examples of high quality work, those of you who are producing good papers already will pick up ideas that may help you write excellent papers. Those of you who are having difficulties will get a better sense of quality, of the tangible differences between worse and better papers. Furthermore, you will have models to follow.

I am always open to suggestions. If you have ideas about how this system could work better, please let me know!

Daniel E. White