Why MS Word?

The academic and professional thinking you will learn here is far more complicated than the simply laundry lists and impenetrable blocks of prose characterizing the work of many when the arrive in my classes.

  • Learning how to use the Outline View in MS Word will give you valuable practical lessons in organizing your work logically using tree structures
  • Word also makes it very easy to include document features like footnotes, a table of contents, to paste bibliographic information from specialized applications like Mendeley, and dozens of other specialized features

When do we not use MS Word?

  • Keeping track of little things For quick notes of details to remember, Stickies (WIN, OSX) we use like post-it notes for little things we can get to fast, like shortcuts until we memorize them
  • Keeping track of procedures, reviews, explanations with applications like Notes in OSX, OneNote in Windows (see also Evernote and Scrivener) will soon involved dozens of files for different courses and categories, and to manage that you need directory structures, or lists of notes organized in increasingly complex wys
  • When drafting texts imaginatively and creatively many use OmmWriter or IAWriter as they have far simpler interfaces, with far fewer bells and whistles, and are designed so that one might concentrate on writing and structured in quicker, more limited terms use Markdown language, as here.
  • For writing and the web, many of us use applications like Ulysses, based on Markdown, that convert texts readily into other languages like HTML