OpenOffice Writer for College Students

Learn to write properly formatted APA or MLA essays using the free Microsoft Word alternative OpenOffice Writer
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

This course orients college students to using OpenOffice Writer for essays and other written assignments. Students often find it challenging to maintain up-to-date word processing software. OpenOffice Writer is a shareware option that, with some training, can serve as an economical alternative to pricey programs like Microsoft Word.

  • The course starts at the very beginning, guiding students through the process of downloading and installing OpenOffice.
  • Course tutorials focus on software elements relevant to college students writing in both MLA and APA formatting styles.
  • Students can take the course in order and develop an essay template to use in your writing classes.
  • Alternately, students can jump to tutorials dealing with issues of interest, such as inserting page breaks or formatting in-text citations.
  • Since many college instructors require assignments to be submitted as Microsoft Word documents, the course includes a tutorial guiding you to convert your OpenOffice Writer documents to .doc files, which can be opened in Microsoft Word.

This course was developed specifically for students who would like step-by-step APA or MLA essay formatting help using a free software alternative to Microsoft Word.

What are the requirements?

  • A computer with a keyboard and Internet access
  • Students should know which formatting style your program requires: APA or MLA. (However, a thorough understanding of these styles is NOT required.)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use freeware option, OpenOfficeWriter, when writing college essays.
  • Create essay templates in APA or MLA, which will contain all of the necessary formatting required in these styles.
  • Meet such academic writing requirements as page headers, proper font sizes, proper line spaces, and correct margins.
  • Deal with common problems in academic essay writing, such as removing hyperlinks and starting a new page.

What is the target audience?

  • Students who are currently or plan to attend university courses that require essays or research papers written in either APA or MLA format.
  • Students who have used Microsoft Word in the past for essays but would like to learn how to use OpenOffice Writer for the same purpose.
  • This course will likely not be sufficient for an advanced student writer who is writing a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation.
  • This course is not appropriate for students who are writing in a style other than MLA or APA.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
04:11

The welcome video provides and overview of the course.

Section 2: Downloading and Installing OpenOffice
03:22

In this lesson, students will learn how to download OpenOffice and install it on a Mac computer.

04:24

In this lesson, students will learn how to download OpenOffice and install it on a Windows PC.

Section 3: A Tour of OpenOffice Writer
07:52

In this lesson, students will become familiar with the layout of OpenOffice Writer.

05:51

This lesson introduces students to the use of shortcut keys to expedite frequent essay writing tasks. Students learn how to use existing keys and create shortcut keys if they choose.

4 questions

Test your understanding of the section 3 tutorials with this quiz.

Section 4: Creating a Basic Essay Template
05:56

In this lesson, students begin creating a template for future essays, setting margins, fonts, line spacing, and justification. Settings addressed in this lesson are the same for both APA and MLA formatting.

02:45

In this lesson, students working in APA format will continue building their essay templates, adding running headers and page numbers.

02:29

In this lesson, students working in MLA format will continue building their essay templates, adding author names and page numbers.

05:12

In this lesson, students working in APA format will create a title page.

04:51

In this lesson, students working in MLA format will add title information to the first page of their essay template.

5 questions

Take this quiz to test what you've learned in section 4.

Section 5: APA Formatting for Reference Page and In-Text Citations
06:56

In this lesson, students working in APA format will create a basic reference page.

ExternalLink

In this lesson, students will create sample reference page entries for a book, a journal article, and a video.

05:27

In this lesson, students working in APA format will learn how to add in-text citations to an essay paragraph.

5 questions

Take this quiz to check your understanding of section 5.

Section 6: MLA Formatting for Works Cited Page and In-Text Citations
07:11

In this lesson, students working in MLA format will create a basic Works Cited page.

15:13

In this lesson, students working in MLA will create sample Works Cited entries for a book, a journal article, and a video.

06:41

In this lesson, students working in MLA will learn how to add in-text citations to an essay paragraph.

5 questions

Take this quiz to check your understanding of the concepts in section 6.

Section 7: Common Formatting Elements
04:00

In this lesson, students will learn basic formatting conventions for paragraphs.

02:25

In this lesson, students working in APA format will learn basic formatting conventions for an abstract.

04:47

Students working in APA formatting will learn how to properly format section headings in longer essays.

01:38

Students working in MLA formatting will learn how to properly format section headings in longer essays.

04:32

In this lesson, students will learn how to properly format unordered, or bullet point, lists.

02:45

In this lesson, students will learn how to properly format numbered lists and essay outlines.

01:56

In this lesson, students will learn how to remove hyperlinks from website URLs.

02:17

In this lesson, students will learn how to block indent lengthy direct quotes.

00:56

In this lesson, students will learn how to create a page break within an essay.

8 questions

Take this quiz to check your understanding of the concepts in section 7.

Section 8: Converting File into a .doc format readable in Microsoft Word
02:12

In this lesson, students will learn to convert an OpenOffice Writer document into one that can be opened in Microsoft Word.

Section 9: Conclusion
01:20

A quick review of the main elements of the course and suggestions for next steps.

12 questions

Take this quiz to check your understanding of some of the key concepts in the course.

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Instructor Biography

Mary-Beth Brophy, University Writing Teacher

Dr. Mary-Beth Brophy is a writer and university-level writing teacher, with more than ten years of experience teaching academic, business, and creative writing at the undergraduate college level - both in a traditional classroom and online. She holds a master's degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California and a PhD in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews.

Dr. Brophy regularly teaches academic formatting, including APA and MLA, as part of a variety of academic and business writing coursework.

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