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