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How do I use the templates to write my paper?
How do I use the templates to write my paper?

Instructions on using the templates and the citation tool

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

Complete templates 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.

Sample alert directing back to Choose Your Topic page.
Sample alert that previous templates are incomplete and need to be finished.

Add content to your document

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

Writing template with “Save” button available but “Add to Milestone Two” button not clickable since the writing template has not been filled out.

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

A complete writing template with clickable “Edit Responses” 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 appear in a lighter color and will not be clickable until the template is finished. 

A clickable “Save Progress” button and an “Add to Milestone One” button that is not clickable.
A clickable “Save Progress” button and clickable “Add to Milestone One” button.

Download your document

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

An arrow pointing to “Add to Milestone One” button.
Arrow to Download Milestone_2.docx

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

Add citations

Please note that only some webtexts contain this feature. 

Click on the part of the sentence where you want the in-text citation to appear. Then click the Add Citation button. 

An arrow pointing to “Add Citation” button at top of writing template.

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

The citation drop-down menu.

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

Completed citation builder with an arrow pointing to the “Add Citation” button.

You’ll then see your citation in the text. You can add as many citations as you need!

A writing template with citation added.

If you’d like to make a change, click on the citation and the box with the dropdown menus will reappear, allowing you to change what you’ve chosen from the menu options. 

Click the X to delete the citation.

Edit with rich text (bold and italic)

Please note that only some webtexts contain this feature. 

If you see a small B or I at the top of the text box, 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. 

An arrow pointing to bold and italics options at top of writing template.

Find your templates

If you scroll down to the bottom of the Table of Contents, you'll see the Index of Writing Templates. There you will see a list of every template in your webtext, and the page number where it is located.

Bottom of the table of contents with a box highlighting the Index of Writing Templates

Watch video tutorial

You can also watch an overview of templates in this screencast.

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