Some of our webtexts contain writing templates. These are designed to guide you through the process of completing your writing assignment.

Templates must be completed in order:

You must complete the templates in order. If you do not complete them in order, you will see a message sending you back to the incomplete template. Remember that "incomplete" could mean that you've filled out the template, but you still need to click the Add button. 

You may have to click several links until you are taken back to the incomplete template.

Adding content to your document:


After you respond to each prompt, click Save Draft. When you're done, click the Add button. This will add the content to your document. 

You can change your responses after you have clicked Add by clicking the Edit button. 

The template is not considered complete until you click Add. If you haven't done that yet, you will be prevented from completing future templates.

The Add button will only become clickable when the entire template has been completed and saved. It will appear in a lighter color until the template is finished.

Downloading Your Document: 

When downloading a document, if you cannot see the button then you need to click the Add button first. Then your download button will become visible.  

Your computer will likely place the file automatically in your downloads folder.

The Citation Tool:

Only some webtexts contain this feature. There are two types of citation tools that you may see.

Cite Tool Version One:

When using the #cite tool, your sentence will appear again below the text box once you type #cite. Under that will be a drop-down menu. Choose the source that you wish to cite.

After you choose your source, you will need to choose the style that you would like your citation to appear in.

Lastly, if the style you chose requires a page number, you will need to add one.

Cite Tool Version Two:

Click on the part of the sentence you want to cite, where you want the in-text citation to appear. Then click the Citations button. 

Click Insert Citation.

Click on the source you wish to cite, and then keep selecting options until all of the dropdown menus have been completed. 

Once you've chosen an option for each category, the Add Citation button will become clickable. 

You'll then see your citation in the text. 

If you'd like to make a change, click on the citation itself and then click the Citations button again. You'll see that the options Edit Citation and Remove Citation have appeared. 

Click Edit and you will be able to change what you've chosen from the menu options. Click Remove to delete it entirely.

Rich Text Editing

If you see a small B or I at the top of the text box, those are there so you can format your text if you need to type your citations directly into the template. Select the text you wish to italicize or bold, and then click the button.

Encountering problems?

If you find that the #cite tool is not working properly, please check your browser add ons to see if you have the Grammarly extension installed. It has been known to interfere only with the #cite tool in the templates.

You might see it here in the upper right corner of your browser if you do have it installed. It looks like a little green circle. 

If you click on it, you should see an option to disable this extension only while using your webtext. Click the button to toggle from green to grey to the right of "Check for Grammar and Spelling on". 

If that doesn't work, go into your settings and disable the extension altogether.

For Chrome:

  1. Click the menu icon "≡" at the top right of the browser window, choose "More tools" and choose "Extensions" to open a new tab.
  2. Uncheck "Enabled" to disable Grammarly, or click "Remove" to delete it completely.

For Firefox: 

  1. Click the menu icon "≡" at the top right of the browser window, and choose "Add-ons".
  2. Find the extension and then click the "Disable" button on the right. 
  3. Restart Firefox to complete the process.

For Edge:

  1. Select the button in the upper right (…) to open the menu.
  2. Select Extensions from the menu.
  3. Right-click the extension you want to remove and select Remove, or select the extension and click the Remove button.

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