Formatting on Medium

I would like to illustrate a few formatting details on Medium that you will probably want to take advantage of.

(1) Subheads

If you want to mark a new section of your essay—like Acknowledgments, or Author’s Memo, or References—then type out the name of the section, highlight it and choose the small T from the dialogue box.

(2) Block Quotes (BLQ)

If you are quoting more than one sentence of a text, then you probably want to mark it off as a block quote. Type out the quote as separate ¶, highlight it, and choose from the dialogue box. The result will look something like this:

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anyone else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe), on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously. (Dickens 1).

One sort of cool thing is that when you block a quote you no longer have to add quotation marks, since the blocking is itself a mark of quotation.

(3) Live Links

If you want to link to another text on the web, you do not need to retype the entire URL into your essay or references, like this:

chronicle.com/article/Why-Academics-Writing-Stinks/148989/.

That’s boring and ugly, and inefficient—since you will still not have given your readers an actual hyperlink to the text you’re discussing.

Rather, you can simply type in a name for your link—something like, Steven Pinker—select that name, and type in the link to it in the dialogue box.

So the previous sentence now looks like this:

Rather, you can simply type in a name for your link — something like Steven Pinker— select that name, and type in the link to it in the dialogue box.

In your list of references, you can then do something like this:

Pinker, Steven. 2014. “Why Academics Stink at Writing”. Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept 26).

(4) Images and Captions

Cute Cat Poster

When you insert an image into your document, decide whether you want your test to wrap around it (like this) . . .

or if you want the image centered by itself, like this:

Hang in there, baby!

In either case, you will usually want to caption your images and videos.

(5) License and Tags

Before you click on “Publish”, consider who you want to be able to read your piece (“Public” or “unlisted”). Then decide what sort of license you’d like for your piece. (These tell readers if and how they can copy and make use of your work.) Finally, come up with tags that will help interested readers find your piece.