web page design
The basics of designing your own web page. Tutorials are given in each of three easy-to-learn web-design tools: HTML coding, Netscape Composer, and Macromedia Dreamweaver. Principles of good design are covered. Tutorials also include, among other skills, how to use the webspace you have as part of your MASON account and how to make your webpage public.
Visual images (pictures, charts, or maps) used in verbal texts are not merely decorative; they are part of the exposition. A map can enhance the specificity of geographical and historical references; the reproduction of a painting, and especially of a detail, can focus attention for analysis. This tutorial is intended to provide basic instruction in capturing, manipulating (compressing or resizing), and exporting of images into texts to be printed or used in websites. Some instruction in the creation of simple images, including image labels, and images hyperlinked to text are also included. Athough this tutorialmakes use of specific software on PC and Mac platforms, including Macromedia Fireworks® and Dreamweaver®, Microsoft Word® and NetscapeComposer®, the instructions will be sufficiently generic so that they can be adapted to most commonly used programs.
In this tutorial you will learn how you can use your computer to not only link to sounds on the web, but also record sound, edit and compress sound, and deliver sound to the web.You will learn how to produce a quality voice recording by using a microphone with a tape recorder or by recording directly on to your computer. (You can also listen to the difference in quality between "good recordings" and "bad recordings" and learn to avoid the problems found in the "bad recordings".) You will also learn how to transfer pre-recorded sound from a device like a walkman to your computer.You will learn to edit your digitized sound and change the quality characteristics. You will prepare your sound for web delivery and be able to upload it to play on a browser. This tutorial also includes assignments for poetry students and for linguistics students.
In this site, you will find instructions for video capture and editing on Macintosh and Windows platforms. As you proceed through this tutorial, you will learn how to Capture, Edit, and Save video using a variety of approaches. Choose the method and equipment that best fits your current knowledge, your needs, and your access to both software and hardware. Keep in mind that we are only introducing you to the basics of digital video. Mastering even one program requires time and practice. There are many combinations of software and hardware available in the marketplace and new developments occur all the time. After you have learned how to capture, edit, and export digital video through using these tutorials, you will be in a much better position to explore the wider range of options available.
This tutorial introduces students to basic principles for searching humanities databases by keyword and subject headings. It demonstrates the differences between keyword and subject searching and gives guidance on how to formulate effective keywords and to use them to identify the subject headings employed by different databases. It also covers basic principles involved in limiting searches with Boolean Operators and Advanced Search capabilities.
This tutorial on hypertext annotation will help students to understand how the use of hypertext can enhance their critical understanding and appreciation of a literary text. It takes students through the steps of annotating a text, including providing definitions and examples of various literary critical categories and concepts useful for close reading. It also shows students how they can turn their annotations into an effective hypertextual presentation of the text, including reader friendly layouts, navigational structures, textual and visual effects, and connections to other multimedia sources available on the web. It also includes a more advanced unit on dynamic, interactive web design.
In this page we offer guidelines for instructors or students who might want to build archives for scholarly purposes. We offer hints on selecting data and on the preliminary work of seeking the permission of people whose work or words or images will appear in the archive. Next we offer suggestions for organizing your data and on numbering (and naming) files that will figure in the archives. We follow with suggestions for building thesauri that will help you search specific items or data in your archives, along with prompts for coding. Finally we provide links to other sites that will help you automate the ongoing elaboration of your archive, if you so choose. Instructors will also find exercises that might spark ideas for archive builders (and users) in classroom contexts.