Don’t let hours of work go to waste; compose original work in text-editing software such as Word documents, Google docs, or notepad. Writing in a web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.) risks deleting your text since many browsers use a timed logout system to ensure user privacy (this includes ella!). This safety precaution may prevent your credit card information from getting stolen, but it also erases the paper you just spent six hours drafting.
When working on your own computer, be sure to select “SAVE AS,” then fill in your title and select a storage location (such as “Desktop” or “My Docs”). Remember, if you’re using a public computer (all campus lab computers and LITS computers), you cannot save it to the desktop, except when downloading documents for printing only. All public computers on campus will delete any saved documents on the computer when they are restarted (which happens every morning). Use the “Save As” option frequently and not only will your work be safe, you’ll know where to find it.
Don’t forget to regularly back up all work and personal files – like those photos you took at the beach last summer, your sister’s poem from fifth grade, grad school application essays, etc. LITS recommends any of the following:
- Network space or individual classwork space. Visit Network Space and Webspace to learn how to access and save work to your network space or classwork space;
- External hard drives;
- Flash drives (remember to remove it after working at public computers and check that you have enough space on the device to save your work);
- ella “my workspace”(personal space for private work);
- CDs or DVDs;
- Email it to yourself (small files only!)