Truth in Society

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1994

Prompt #26


Two Things...

There are two things you need to do between now and Thursday morning. Both involve working on the St. Thomas University computer network. One is contributing to your focus group's collaborative bibliography; the other is wordprocessing and editing your discussion paper. The first is due by 5:00 pm Wednesday, and is about keeping track of the increasing number of resources each group is using in carrying out its inquiry. The second is due by 8:30 Thursday morning, and is both to assist in the fine-tuning of your discussion paper and to have electronic copies of the more formal writing that contributes to the inquiry. Since the next phase of the inquiry will build on this one, electronic copies of each colleague's writing will be useful as the inquiry proceeds.

The collaborative bibliography:

To contribute to your focus group's collaborative bibliography you will need your book or the bibliographic information (author, title, year and place of publication, and publisher) and the instructions in the biblio.xxx file. Here's how to get to that file:

[We assume that when you actually use this prompt, you will be sitting at a computer connected to the computer network. If what follows makes no sense, you'd better find a copy of Prompt #17. It was an introduction to WordPerfect.]

First, from the opening or Main Menu you need to make a "Course Drive Selection." Highlight that item, and press {enter}. Move the bar down to TRUTH (or simply press T) and you'll have chosen to designate drive Q: as the one for the Truth in Society section. On your screen it will say,

             disks selected for TRUTH
             Press any key when ready...
Do what it says, okay?

Now you will need to get back to the Main Menu. Do this by pressing the Left Arrow Key or Esc. Nothing seems different, but deep in the recesses of its memory the Network knows you are part of the TRUTH group and can share files with the rest of us.

Remember, if you don't do this at the opening menu every time, you won't be able to get the Q: directory, and will have to go back to the opening menu.

As you did when responding to Prompt #17, select Applications (or type A), then Word Processing, then WordPerfect 5.1. As before, you'll get the "opening screen" for WordPerfect. It should be blue, and will be asking for a "Username (Limit: 3 characters); you can put your initials in the slot. You'll then go to an "editing screen," which should be black, with a line of menu items across the top and some information (once you start editing, it'll give you the name of the file and where you are in it) at the bottom.

You're getting close to the biblio.xxx file. Here's a step-by-step procedure for the rest of your journey:

  1. Press {F5}, or go to the menu bar, highlight File, and then List Files. You'll get a message at the bottom left saying Dir H:\*.*. If at this point you press {enter}, you'll get a list of files on your own personal directory (which is called H:, and which no one else -- except the system operators -- has access to).
  2. Remember that {F1} will usually get you out of things in WordPerfect.
  3. Try {F5}, or use the menu bar, again -- but this time, respond by pressing the = key. The message at the bottom will change to "New Directory = ."
  4. Put Q:\JONES or Q:\SCOPES or Q:\SALEM in the slot (depending on your focus group) and press {enter}. Notice that the "\" is a backslash and not a front slash ["/"]. Both are on the keyboard. If you press {enter again, you'll get a list of the files in your focus group's subdirectory, that part of the shared directory Q: that is specifically for your group's files. One of those files will be called BIBLIO.XXX.
  5. Using the arrow keys, move the highlight over BIBLIO.XXX and press the {1} key (the numeral; not {F1}). And don't just highlight the file and press {enter: that lets you "LOOK" at the file, but not change it. Highlight it, and press {1}. That file will tell you the next steps in working on the collaborative bibliography. Follow those now, and then come back to this piece of paper.
Remember to do this by 5:00 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19.

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Wordprocessing and editing your discussion paper:

Once you have completed your contribution to the collaborative bibliography, you will want to know something about how to wordprocess and edit your discussion paper--your findings about the book you read.

Prompt #25 set out the questions you will want to consider in your discussion paper: "How has the reading I have been doing affected the way I think about the episode? ... Do I want to recommend that other members of my focus group read this book for themselves?..." If you haven't reflected on these questions, you may want to return to them now. To these questions, you may also want to add this one: do you sense that your book's author has her own opinion about the episode of belief? What is it?

If you already know how to use WordPerfect, then this will get you going: save your file in the subdirectory appropriate to your focus group. In other words, save your file in either Q:\JONES or Q:\SALEM or Q:\SCOPES. Give your file the name DISCUSS.XXX where the XXX are your initials. So, for example, I might name my file DISCUSS.RAH.

If you are not a WordPerfect adept yet, then here are some instructions for getting from your bibliography contribution to a saved file containing your discussion paper.

  1. Once you have completed your bibliography contribution, press {F7}. In response to the questions, say Yes you want to save the file; Yes you want to Replace the old version of the file; but No you don't want to exit WordPerfect. This should give you a blank screen.
  2. Type in your discussion paper. Don't get fancy at this point with formatting. Just type, using the Tab key to start paragraphs, and parentheses to enclose references to your book's author and its page numbers, like this: (McKendy, 35).
  3. If you want to number the pages of your discussion paper, look under the Layout Menu, then in sequence: Page, Page Numbering, Page Number Position. Choose one of the positions and it will number your pages automatically.
  4. Save your file by pressing {F10}. Don't forget to name it DISCUSS.XXX, where the XXX are really your initials. Remember, too, to make sure you are in the appropriate subdirectory--Q:\SALEM, Q:\SCOPES, or Q:\JONES--for your focus group.
  5. Make sure you make an electronic copy for yourself by saving your file again, but changing the name to H:DISCUSS.XXX. This will write a file to your "home" directory. If you want to copy your file to a diskette, then place the diskette in the drive and save the file replacing the "H:" in the above example with an "A:".
  6. To print a copy of your file, press {Shift-F7} (that is, hold the {Shift} key down and press {F7}). Pressing {1} or {F} from this menu will print your whole discussion paper. You can play with this menu to get it to do other things, including selecting a laser printer.

Bring two copies of your discussion paper to EC 120 at 8:30 on Thursday morning. Make sure your focus group colleagues can read the printout and/or photocopy.


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