How to Submit Your Essay

1. Write the paper.

Use a word processor to write your final copy before you worry about submitting it. (Yes, there is a way to type the paper directly into the submission box, but please do not use it. There is no spelling/grammar checker, and there is no direct way for the instructor to print out your paper for grading. If you choose to type the paper into that submission window, the instructor reserves the right to deduct 5% from the grade for the extra trouble that causes.)

The best practice is to submit your paper as a Microsoft Word docx file. Here’s how to do that:

2. Open the drop box.

  1. Open Blackboard.
  2. Open our course.
  3. In the grey menu on the left, select the week that the essay is due.
  4. Scroll down and click the underlined title for the essay drop box

(Note #1: You will not find this link in the syllabus. It is only in the Blackboard folder.)

(Note #2: There is a commercial product named “Dropbox.” It has nothing to do with this process. Do not Google “Dropbox” to figure out how to submit your paper. Follow these instructions.)

Click Title of Drop Box

3. Find your paper.

  2. Click the box next to “I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database” so you can proceed.
  3. Click  Browse My Computer. 
Browse My Computer
  1. A new window opens. Navigate through your files to find the essay you want to submit. (Now you know the value of saving the file with a name you can recognize in a place you can remember.)
  2. Highlight the essay you want to submit and click  Open .
Document Folder

4. Finish the submission.

Check to make sure you are sending the right file, then click  Submit .

Submit the File

5. Make sure it worked.

Blackboard will send an email confirmation to your Ashland email address. If you don’t get that confirmation, your file probably did not go through (though in busy times you might give it a few minutes to complete the task). If you didn’t get the email, try the above steps again. If it still doesn’t go through, send the file as an email attachment to the instructor’s email address.

WARNING: It is YOUR responsibility to make sure the paper has been submitted. Blackboard occasionally fouls up this process. If you don’t get the confirmation email within half an hour or so, send the essay as an email attachment to the instructor (address is at the bottom of this page).

WARNING #2: If you send me a file which I cannot open (either because the file is corrupted or because I need your personal password to open it), I cannot grade your paper. I will send you an email message to alert you to the problem, and your grade for the assignment is zero until you send me something I can read.

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Revised 11/20/21 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: