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Adding a Book Module

This page is designed to help you in building your own book module for a story that you find philosophically interesting. It is organized in a series of easy to follow steps. Thank you so much for contributing to this website!

Assembling Your Materials

There are a few things you will need to put together before you can begin to make a book module. The first thing you will want to have on hand is the book's title and author. You will also need each of the following:

  1. A brief summary of the story and why it is philosophically interesting
  2. A short philosophical introduction : a review of the topics of philosophical interests and how they emerge in the context of the story
  3. A set of philosophical questions designed as prompts for a discussion about the philosophical topics discussed in the introduction
  4. A collection of images from the book in jpg format, one of which should be the cover of the book. Click here for additional instructions for scanning and uploading images

Starting Your Book Module Page

  1. Create the web address for your new page. In the box below, replace Frederick with the title of your book, including spaces and capital letters, and click ''Go."
  2. Click "edit" in the top right corner and enter the password, which you should have been given, either by us or your instructor. If you don't have it, contact us or your instructor to get it.
  3. Remember to use the "save and edit" button often so that you do not loose your work! "Preview" does NOT save anything!
  4. Use the Frederick book module (click "Go" above) as a basis for your book module. The essential elements are as follows:
    1. The first thing you enter should be (:title Frederick:) (where "Frederick" is the title of your book) at the top of the page. This will allow spaces and capitalization to appear correctly in your new book module.
    2. Please add (:draft:x:) to the bottom of the page. Otherwise, it will show up immediately in our list of book modules.
    3. After that, write "By" and the author's name.
    4. Use !! to create the !!Summary, !!Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion, and !!Questions for Philosophical Discussion section headings.
    5. Section headings for issues use !!!, such as !!!The Nature of Community in our example.
    6. Use the cheat sheet under the edit box for basic markup such as italics and numbering. You may also refer to the documentation.
  5. See our page on scanning, uploading, and inserting illustrations to your book module.
  6. Under (:draft:x:) add ----, then on a new line This [[book module]] deals with [[!society]]. In this example, [[book module]] gives us a link back to the main book modules page, and [[!society]] will automatically list the module in that category. You can find more categories at the top of the main book module page. Some of the categories also have subcategories, so if your module fits in a bunch of different categories you might find yourself writing something like "This book module deals with metaphysics, society, specifically punishment, and the mind, specifically the imagination." Adding your module to as many categories as possible helps our readers find it.
  7. The "Author" field must be filled out with your name, not the name of the author.
  8. Finally, let us know when you are done. We will review your module and publish it to the site!
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