2.2 Digital writing and publishing

Have you ever made a website? Formatted a complicated paper? Published anything online? (Social media counts!)

Developing this competency involves:

  • Learning to effectively use digital word processing software to produce complex, professional, printed documents. Depending on your major and interests, this may involve learning:
    • To typeset mathematical or scientific formulae (e.g., with LaTeX).
    • To type and proof documents in multiple languages.
    • To provide references in footnotes or endnotes.
    • To embed, format and caption images, charts, or tables.
  • Becoming familiar with and comfortable using textual mark-up languages, such as HTML, Wiki Markup, Markdown, LaTeX, XML, and MathML.  
  • Learning to critically analyze and effectively communicate using digital-age textual formats, such as hyperlinking and non-linear narrative.
  • Becoming familiar with and comfortable using a range of digital publishing or social media tools, such as blogs, wikis, WordPress, Twitter, etc.
  • Learning how to identify the digital publishing or social media tool that is most appropriate to given audiences, topics, and content.
  • Learning how to give credit to other’s creative work and original ideas, through attribution conventions appropriate for digital media.

See also: “Information Has Value.” Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.


Student-Curated Resources

Are you interested in web publication but don't know where to start? This resource is here to help. It gives a quick overview of the popular content-management systems available, their applications and some examples of sites that use them. This will help you select the best platform for your desired content and audience.