May 20, 2022

New Full Text Book: “Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning”

digitalculturebooks from Michigan Press/U. of Michigan Library recently published the sixth book in their Digital Humanities Series.

The book is titled, Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning and it’s edited by Jack Dougherty and Tennyson O’Donnell.

The full text book is available to read online (free) and also available for purchase.

From the digitalculturebooks Web Site:

The essays in Web Writing respond to contemporary debates over the proper role of the Internet in higher education, steering a middle course between polarized attitudes that often dominate the conversation. The authors argue for the wise integration of web tools into what the liberal arts does best: writing across the curriculum. All academic disciplines value clear and compelling prose, whether that prose comes in the shape of a persuasive essay, scientific report, or creative expression. The act of writing visually demonstrates how we think in original and critical ways and in ways that are deeper than those that can be taught or assessed by a computer.

Titles/Authors of Essays in Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning:


  • Sister Classrooms: Blogging Across Disciplines and CampusesAmanda Hagood and Carmel Price
  • Indigenizing Wikipedia: Student Accountability to Native American Authors on the World’s Largest EncyclopediaSiobhan Senier
  • Science Writing, Wikis, and Collaborative LearningMichael O’Donnell
  • Cooperative In-Class Writing with Google DocsJim Trostle
  • Co-Writing, Peer Editing, and Publishing in the CloudJack Dougherty


  • How We Learned to Drop the Quiz: Writing in Online Asynchronous CoursesCeleste Tường Vy Sharpe, Nate Sleeter, and Kelly Schrum
  • Tweet Me A StoryLeigh Wright
  • Civic Engagement: Political Web Writing with the Stephen Colbert Super PACSusan Grogan
  • Public Writing and Student PrivacyJack Dougherty
  • Consider the AudienceJen Rajchel
  • Creating the Reader-Viewer: Engaging Students with Scholarly Web TextsAnita M. DeRouen
  • Pulling Back the Curtain: Writing History Through Video GamesShawn Graham

Crossing Boundaries

  • Getting Uncomfortable: Identity Exploration in a Multi-Class BlogRochelle Rodrigo and Jennifer Kidd
  • Writing as Curation: Using a ‘Building’ and ‘Breaking’ Pedagogy to Teach Culture in the Digital AgePete Coco and M. Gabriela Torres
  • Student Digital Research and Writing on SlaveryAlisea Williams McLeod
  • Web Writing as Intercultural DialogueHolly Oberle

Citation and Annotation

  • The Secondary Source Sitting Next To YouChristopher Hager
  • Web Writing and Citation: The Authority of CommunitiesElizabeth Switaj
  • Empowering Education with Social Annotation and WikisLaura Lisabeth
  • There Are No New Directions in AnnotationsJason B. Jones

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.