Guide to building the digital exhibit


From the Dashboard:

  • Go to Posts > Add New
  • Now you are in the Post Editor section of the WordPress dashboard.

Fill in the title you have given your digital exhibit, being sure to

  • keep it under 70 characters;
  • include the title and author of your story;
  • indicate your theme or approach in some way

Ex:  The Dark Femme Fatale in “For Ever and Ever” by C. S. (Arthur Cosslett Smith)

Make sure you add your byline right at the top, under your title:

Ex: © Copyright 2017 Jane Student, Ryerson University

Note: The special character icon in the WordPress Editor   Ω   will lead you to the copyright symbol.

On the right-hand side of the screen in the Post Editor, select the following:

  • Format should be “Standard”
  • Under Categories, select the following:
  • ENG 810 + term (eg, F2018, W2019, etc.)
  • Your magazine title
  • The genre(s) of your work (eg: poetry, play , fairy tale, folk legend, fantasy)
  • Include a Tag that describes the main subject, theme, or approach of your exhibit (ex: Irish folklore; Celtic Revival; aestheticism, decadence; New Woman, race, Victorian ghost stories, Symbolism, etc.), and up to four more tags that describe aspects of your work that might help other scholars access it (ex: the name of your author, other subjects or themes that appear in your story or exhibit, etc.).

Adding Text to Your Post in the Post Editor: 

  • You can try this with any text to begin with. To test it out, you can copy a paragraph or two of text from a webpage or Word doc. To input the text of your actual digital exhibit essay, copy the text of this essay, paragraph by paragraph, from whatever software you have written it in and paste it into the Post Editor.
  • Start by pasting in your Unformatted text (there’s a tab to do this in the Editor menu that looks like a small clipboard with a T on it)
  • At the end of the body of your text, add a horizontal line and then your Works Cited list, formatted in MLA style, 8th edition.
  • To add the line:
    • place your cursor where you want the line
    • in the Editor menu select the line icon on the left hand side under the box with the word Paragraph in it
  • At the very end of your Exhibit, copy and paste the following disclaimer:

Images in this online exhibit are either in the public domain or being used under fair dealing for the purpose of research and are provided solely for the purposes of research, private study, or education.

Now You Are Ready to Edit for Style and Format:

  • Add formatting (italics, quotation marks, spaces between paragraphs, etc.) to your unformatted text. Be especially careful to represent titles correctly, remembering that “titles within works” (e.g., a “story” or “artwork” within a magazine) are formatted differently than titles of standalone publications, such as magazines, books, and so on.
  • The first mention of your primary text should be hyperlinked to the HTML page for this story. For works from The Yellow Book and The Evergreen, the hyperlink should connect to the html page in the Yellow Nineties Online that displays this item. For texts from the Dial, the Pageant, and the Savoy, you will need to hyperlink to the work in the flipbook version of the magazine. Do this by highlighting the title in your text and using the hyperlink symbol in editor to add the URL that links directly to your story on Internet Archive.

Some Notes About Effective Design of Contents for Online Reading:

  • Edit your exhibit with your reader in mind: your style should favour shorter sentences and sections with subheadings; the visual appeal of your exhibit should come from the combination of image and text as well as the variation of type size and font, lines, spacing, etc.
  • An unrelenting block of text can be hard to read on screen. For visual relief, you can:
    • Divide your text into several short sections by adding Headings
    • Wrap text around an image, or anchor the image to the left or right.
  • For your Headings: highlight the text for your heading and go to the box in the upper left corner of the Editor, click the arrow icon and choose “Heading 3.”
  • for large Quotations: keep the text in its own paragraph, put quotation marks around it, highlight the whole quote and make it Bold, then choose a text colour in the Editor (the icon has a Capital A with a line under it).
  • To make a part of your text a Link: highlight it, the click on the Insert/Edit link icon (looks a little like a bicycle chain), then add the URL of the link.
  • When adding Works Cited: you can use a bulleted list by clicking on the icon in the upper left of the Editor.


  • As you work on the exhibit you can save it by clicking the Save Draft button (on the right-hand side of the screen)
  • Make sure the Status of your exhibit (on the right-hand side of your editor view) remains set to “Draft” until you are ready to submit your assignment

Important: what is displayed in the Post Editor where you develop your exhibit is not quite what the exhibit will look like on the website. To see how it will actually look like you can either click Preview or View Post.


All images that appear in the digital exhibits are stored in the Media Library section of the Y90s Classroom dashboard. First, visit the Media Library (listed in the left-hand menu of the dashboard) and see if it already contains any images that directly pertain to your research topic, primary text, magazine volume, and/or author. If you find an image that is relevant and that you wish to use, you may do so.

However, you will likely need to add some images of your own, in order to illustrate your argument, provide context, evidence, and/or visual variety to your exhibit. Some images you should consider adding include the following: the cover and/or title page of your magazine; the initial letters, borders, and so forth that decorate your story; relevant images from your magazine volume or other volumes; colour versions of the artwork reproduced in halftone in your magazine; portraits of your author or authors; relevant 1890s images, etc.

To add a new image to the Media Library to use in your exhibit, take the following steps:

  • Make sure the file size of the image you are uploading is relatively small (around 50 to 100 KB). You can check the file size by right-clicking (Microsoft) or hitting control + click (Apple) and selecting the option to view info about the file. To reduce the file size, you can use an online tool such as (, OR, in PREVIEW, go to “Tools” and
  • Once your image is of a modest file size, in the Y90s Classroom dashboard, go to Media > Add New >then upload your image
  • Your image should now appear in the Media Library (Media > Library)
  • Now add the images you uploaded in the Media Library into the exhibit itself.
  • Place the cursor where you would like to add an image and click Add Media:
    • You will be taken to the Media Library where you can choose the appropriate image.
  • Once the image is part of your post, you can change the alignment of the image by clicking on it and choosing from the pop-up options.
  • The pop-up options also allow you to “Wrap” the text around an image either on the left or the right.
  • You can change the size of the image by clicking on it and dragging one of the corner boxes.

Now you’re ready to create a caption:

  • Start by reviewing the relevant section of the Guide to Capturing and Captioning Images. Your image caption needs to be in MLA 8th ed style; attribute the image to its creator; and describe the source, medium, location and other pertinent information. (Also consult the UBC for more info about what information belongs in your caption)
  • Click on your image and select the “pen” icon to fill out the caption
  • If the image is of something that has a title, put that title in quotation marks if it is part of a standalone publication (e.g., a short story or image from a magazine) OR put the title in italics [ <em>your title goes here</em> ] if it is a standalone publication (e.g., a picture of a whole Evergreen volume)

More Notes About Effective Design:

  • Insert images at the beginning, or between sections. Be sure to reference the images in your essay, and to analyze the images you use.
  • Remember: What you are doing is letting the images and text work together on behalf of your ideas. While in Draft mode, try different things out and Preview If you don’t like the results then edit something, delete something, change the position of something until you feel it is starting to work for you.

Be sure to proof read and check your entire exhibit for formatting and style before publishing it.


  • Make sure the Status of your exhibit (on the right-hand side of your editor view) remains set to “Draft” until you are ready to submit your assignment
  • To publish and submit your assignment: First, submit the blank Digital Exhibit form on D2L so that your professor can grade your exhibit electronically. Then in the Post Editor view of your exhibit in the Y90s Classroom, change the Visibility setting of your exhibit to “Private,” hit the OK button, and then hit the Update button. Now your exhibit’s status is “Privately Published.”
  • Once your exhibit is “Privately Published,” you have submitted your Exhibit. You should not edit again until (without instructor permission) until your Exhibit has been graded.

After the course is done, you can change the Visibility of your Exhibit to Public if you are willing display it publicly as part of our collective 2018 exhibition.


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