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3.2: Constructing New Pages

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  • Clicking "New Page" on top black bar automatically makes the new page a subpage of the one you're currently on. Below are some guidelines for editing and here is a link to a decent tutorial on youtube:, although dated.

    Editing guidelines

    • Do: Start by writing an introduction that puts your topic in a greater picture
    • Do: Add hyperlinks to other LibreTexts modules
    • Do: Use proper formatting (e.g. Zn2+ instead of Zn2+)
    • Do: Check spelling and grammar
    • Do: Include examples from the “real world”
    • Do: Make figures. A picture says more than a thousand words!
    • Do: Comment on other people modules. Critical comments will be considered for your extra credit.
    • Do: Be creative!
    • Do Not: Copy text or pictures from anywhere unless confirmed public domain! Note: Many wikipedia images are not in the public domain, but are allowed with proper attribution! DO NOT use GNU general public licensed material.
    • Do Not: Personalize the formatting of your module excessive use of colors, font sizes, etc or by changing the font type.
    • Do Not: Insert hyperlinks every time you use a particular word (use common sense to decide if it is useful)
    • Do Not: Write exclusively in the form of bulleted lists. You are writing a text book, not lecture notes.

    Cutting & Pasting Content

    In principle, contributors can edit on a computer-based program like Word or OpenOffice. You are encouraged to compose your module in a text-only word processor (e.g., Notepad), or process your content through a text-only processor (via cutting and pasting). Then review your text for errors, then cut and paste the final version into the appropriate text box on the module. Some formatting characters used in programs like Word (angled quotes, accents, special characters) will not display properly. Save your edits, review your final text, and make any edits necessary to correct the format.


    Contruction Mechanisms

    Development of the LibreTexts proceeds via five mechanisms operating in parallel:

    • Mechanism 1: Student contribution from scratch (e.g., via extra credit)
    • Mechanism 2: Student integration of existing content outside the LibreTexts platform from faculty and experts
    • Mechanism 3: Faculty construction of raw content from scratch
    • Mechanism 4: Faculty integration of existing content outside the LibreTexts platform from faculty and experts
    • Mechanism 5: Faculty and student re-editing of content already existing on the LibreTexts (with permission)

    Modules from all five mechanisms are processed through a sophisticated vetting structure, involving students and faculty (see below), to eventually guarantee reliable, fully-vetted content that is capable of substituting for that found in current paper-based textbooks. Content from higher ranked mechanisms typically supersedes content from lower ranked mechanism, resulting in continual evolution of the LibreTexts content.

    Once a proper Professional account is made, the top bar of pages will be black with seven whitened options: "Edit page," " New Page," "Page Options," "Account Name." "Site Tools," "FAQ," and "Sign Out.". If any of these are grayed out, then the account does not have editing capabilities for that page. Contact Delmar Larsen directly if this is an error.