Friday, September 30, 2011

Citation software

The items I showed you on Thursday are here:
  1. WSU Lookup: Go to my main page ( and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Drag the WSU Lookup link up to the bar of your Firefox browser. From there, you can click on it when you're at the Amazon page of a book you want to look up.
  2. Zotero, Mendeley, and so on: Scroll to the bottom of this page, since there are a few more that I didn't get a chance to mention: .

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Readings on Moby-Dick

Post your summaries and critiques of the articles in the comments section below.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Virtual Office Hours for Monday, 9/19

Since your prospectus is due on Thursday and I'll be online for the English 210 class as well, I wanted to let you know that I will be available in Google chat from 8-10 Monday night for virtual office hours in case you have any questions. My Gmail address is dmcampbellwsu at gmail dot com.

You'll need a Gmail account to chat in this way, but if you have another form of email and would like to chat through another service (Yahoo, AIM, Hotmail, MSN, etc.), let me know and I'll sign in to it. If you are using Blogger for your blog, you already have a Gmail account.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Reminders about blog posts

1. Posts are due Thursdays by 9 p.m. If you miss just one (as some of you have), it's not a big deal, but you won't want to miss too many.

2. Some of you have comment moderation enabled, so the comments of other people aren't showing up on your blog. I've noticed this especially with the WordPress blogs. To moderate your comments in WordPress, go into your Wordpress Dashboard and go down to Comments (it's on the menu bar on the left-hand side). Approve the comments. Remember, I can't give your classmates credit for commenting on your blog unless I can see the comments.

3. Once everybody enables the comments so that I can see them, I'll start putting the grades for each week into Angel. The grading is pretty simple:

  1. Substantial & acceptable post = 2 points (the usual grade)
  2. Insufficient post = 1 point
  3. No post = 0 points
  4. Comment on someone's blog = 1 point

If you write a post and a comment each week, you should see a "3" (out of a possible 3 points) as your grade for the blog assignment that week. The points are there largely as placeholders because Angel doesn't do checkmarks.

4. On our course blog, I'll be adding things from time to time, not just announcements, but links to things that might interest you or are just for fun. For example, the other day someone on Twitter mentioned an iTunes playlist that Ahab might have made if he were around now, and I'll post the link if I can find it again. You do NOT have to visit the links.

5. Since several of you said that you check our course blog
( more than Angel, I just wanted to remind you that all the assignments are linked on our blog. The only things in Angel that aren't on the blog are the presentations (PowerPoints) from the lectures.

If you're seeing this on the blog but did not get this via email, I don't have an email address for you.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Moderating comments

Some of you have comment moderation turned on in your blogs, which means that comments from others won't show up until you approve them. If you are not seeing comments, go into the Dashboard section of your blog and either turn off moderation or approve the comments.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Comments on posts

Don't forget that each week you need to comment on someone else's post as well as write your own blog post. You can comment on posts from the previous week or from the current week. The comments are due Thursdays by nine.

You all brought up a lot of good points in today's discussion, by the way.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Discussion Questions

You don't need to write out the discussion questions; just be ready to talk about those issues when you come to class.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Discussion questions

The discussion questions for our class are linked from our syllabus (, but you can also find them on the various author pages (the Melville page at