Engl 716:web pages project Guidelines

Your semester project will be the design of web pages (a simple website) for a novel of your choice that we will read this semester. (See the syllabus for choice deadline. You cannot choose Oronooko.) Your web pages--or website--will become part of my website on a page dedicated to student projects about the English novel.


Although the traditional course research paper has its merits, writing an research essay for an online format opens up greater potential for an audience and the experience of writing a critical essay about a novel.  Moreover, you will complement the essay with a bibliography, links of interest, and a summary.  Your website, then, presents readers with a more comprehensive and creative way to experience your novel.  Including this essay as part of the website you design will 1.) give you a potentially large, real audience who can access and read your essay and pages any time, 2.) make you aware of the growing interest in online formats for the humanties, 3.) allow you to combine your essay with other information about your novel to enhance the reader's knowledge and understanding of the novel, author, and history of the novel, and  4.) give you knowledge about and practice designing web pages.


When you design your website, you need to consider your readers.  Who will/want to read your pages?  For what purpose?  What expectations will they have in terms of how to navigate your pages and their aesthetic quality?
What types of websites are they familiar with/used to reading?  You can consider a popular audience with a general interest in literature, but you should also consider an academic audience as readers of your pages.  (This project is part of a graduate-level English course.) Each of these groups will have some different expectations about navigation, readability, content, and aesthetics.

Of course, accommodating readers does not mean you cannot challenge readers and "bad" design habits.  We'll talk more about these issues throughout the semester. 


Content of your web pages (website) will include a(n) 1.) twelve-page research essay with sources, 2.) five-item, annotated bibliography, 3.) eight-sentence summary of your novel, and 4.) interesting, relevant links about your novel, its author, and the history of the English novel. These items should complement each other.

Research Essay (See Open Topic Essay.)

Annotated Bibliography

Summary of the novel

Relevant, interesting links


Throughout the semester, we will spend some time as a class learning principles of web design and how to use Expression Web.  The first half of the semester you will become familiar with Expression Web as well as basic principles of web page design.  Then by the second half you will begin designing specific web pages for your project based on your novel choice.

Christina Streiff, Library Web Content Manager (319 LRC | 715-346-2569), will  be helping you with web page design principles and with using Expression Web. She will conduct several sessions for you and be available throughout the semester for consultation.

Christina's email: Christina.streiff@gmail.com

If you want to work on this from home, here's a link to a free version of Expression Web 4: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179.