Google Doc Instructions Philosophy 180

Creating your philosophy journal Google Doc

If you have a gmail account, then you already have access to Google Docs.  Just log in to your e-mail account and click on the Documents link at the top of the page. 

If you do not have a gmail account, you can get one by going to

If you prefer not to use gmail, you can still get a Google account by following the steps in this video.

Once you have established a Google account you  are ready to create the document that will be your philosophy journal.


This is how you do it:


  1. Sign in to your Google  account.
  2. Click on Documents (or Docs)
  3. Click on Creat New >>Document  
  4. Click on Untitled (upper left hand corner of webpage immediately to the right of the picture that says Google Docs) and title your essay exactly as follows: 
    1. Your first and last name, Philosophy 180  journal 
    2. For example:  John Pastrami, Philosophy 180  journal
  5. Click Share  >>Sharing Settings 
  6. In the 'add people' box type
  7. Leave the "Can edit" in place.  This allows me to make comments on your journal.
  8. UNclick the "send e-mail notifications".  This is very important.  Even though it is recommended by Google, I do not want to receive an e-mail every time you edit your journal!
  9. Click 'Share'
  10. Click OK.

You now have created a philosophy journal document which I can view and edit at any time.  This document does not currently exist in your computer.  It exists online (which is why I can read it) and you must be online to edit it.  Absolutely do NOT download this document, make journal entries, then upload it again.  This will delete the revision history, which I require for grading purposes.

When I receive your document in an editable form I will paste a template into it for you to use in writing your journal entries and your essays.

How I grade your journal

    1.      Although I will occasionally drop in and make comments on your entries, you will not receive a grade for your journal until the end of the semester.

    2.      In  order to receive maximum credit you need to make consistent entries by the intended date.  You can not get credit for simply writing a bunch of journal entries all at once. (When you do this, it is visible in the revision history, so don't do it.)

    3.     Your journal will not be graded so much for the correctness of the answers, but for how carefully done it is.  This means that you need to compose your answers carefully, in complete sentences, using college level English, and a minimum of grammatical and spelling errors.  Journals that are kept up consistently, but are carelessly done will not receive much credit. 

A very important warning

It is very important that you do your own work!   It is perfectly acceptable to discuss the questions among yourselves, but do not share your entries with anyone and do not copy other people's entries.  This is highly detectable in the Google Docs environment, and it will result in failing the entire class.  Do not share your journal or your Google password with anyone but me, because you are just as liable for people copying your work as you are for copying theirs. Also, obviously, do not attempt to answer questions by simply cutting and pasting answers from other sources.  If any of these activities are detected you will fail the class.