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How can I set or change my areas of interest?

Areas of interest are set within the TRAILS subscription module.  If you are already a subscriber and would like to change your areas of interest, you will need to use the secure login page.  The secure log on will be familiar because you used it when you subscribed to TRAILS.  Once you have logged on there you will have to opportunity to update your areas of interest, including your teaching areas of interest.  When you are finished, look for the message at the bottom the screen saying "If you are just updating your areas of interest, click here to return to My TRAILS."  Click here to access the secure login page.


How will I know if my submission was accepted for publication?

When you submit a resource to TRAILS, the title will be listed under "Submission Announcements" on your My TRAILS page, and will have the status "Waiting for Editorial Review."  Once the first editor has reviewed it, the status will change to "Waiting for Approval Review."  If your resource is accepted for publication at both of these review levels, it will no longer be listed under your "Submission Announcements" because it is no longer a submission--it has become a TRAILS resource.  You can use the blue Search Box to locate your newly published resource. 

My resource was returned for revision.  How do I complete the revise and resubmit process?

On your My TRAILS page under "Submission Announcements" your resource is listed with the status "Returned for Revision."  Click on "View" and then scroll to the bottom of the page to see the editors' recommendations.  If the editor suggests revisions to metadata fields (such as title, goals, assessments, usage notes, etc.), we recommend that you compose the text for each of these fields "off line" in either a word processor or in a program like NotePad.  In addition, you will need to make revisions to the original resource document that you submitted "offline."  Once you have made all your revisions and are ready to submit them again, log on to your My TRAILS page, and once again click on the "View" link next to your resource under the "Submissions Announcements."  Scroll down and click on the "Revise and Resubmit" link.  The Resource Submission Wizard will open, and you will be able to see and edit all of your original metadata fields, and also remove your old resource document and upload your revised version.  You will need to accept the Authors Agreement again before you can submit your revised resource. 


How can I rate a resource?

In the upper right corner of each "Resource Details" page you will see a set of blue stars.  Click on the star that represents your rating of the resource.  One star is the lowest rating; five stars is the highest rating. 


I need some help with the search process...

The blue Search Box that appears on the right hand size of most pages in TRAILS is a powerful tool for finding the resources you need.  The simplest way to start a search is to enter relevant words in the "Search Terms" field and click "enter" on your keyboard (or click on the "Search" button).  Note that you can tell TRAILS to match ALL of the terms you enter, or ANY of your terms.  If you are looking for a particular type of resource, you can check one or more of the boxes under "Resource Types."  The "Subject Area" drop down box allows you to search for resources that fall within a specific substantive area in sociology.  And of course, you can click on "Advanced Search" to access an even more sophisticated search tool. 

How can I narrow my search results?

Once you receive search results, use the green box that appears on the right hand side of the Search Results Window to narrow your results by Title, Subject Area, Resource Type, Author, Date, Class Size, or Language.


How can I submit a resource for possible publication in TRAILS?

Click on the "Resource Submission Instructions" tab on the center of the green horizontal navigation bar for detailed instructions on submitting resources to TRAILS.  You will also find a link to the TRAILS Acceptance Criteria that guides editors' decisions, as well as a link to a handout summarizing key findings from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning regarding effective teaching practices. 

Where can I find royalty-free images to use in my submissions?

All authors must affirm in the "Authors Agreement" that they have the right to use images that are contained in their resources.  This includes the thumbnail images that accompany each resource.  There are a variety of sources for royalty-free and public domain images on the internet. Two good sources of free stock images are Pexels and Unsplash.   PhotoGraphic Libraries has a listing of public domain image sources, but there are many others as well. Public Domain Archive is also a wonderful resource.  Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.


Can I join or renew my ASA membership at the same time I subscribe to TRAILS?

Yes, click on the "Subscribe" tab on the green navigation bar and follow the links.  The subscription process will give you the opportunity to join or renew your ASA membership. 

Is there a special subscription rate for high school teachers?

No, there is not a lower subscription rate for high school teachers.  However, high school teachers are encouraged to explore the ASA High School Affiliates Program.  A free subscription to TRAILS is one of the benefits of that program.


My resource was originally published in a paper syllabi set.  Can I change the way it appears in TRAILS? 

If you would like to change any of the metadata associated with your resource (such as the title, abstract, thumbnail image, class level, subject area, etc.) please send an email to  If you would like to update the resource itself (that is, the actual document that originally appeared in a paper Syllabi set) you can submit an adaptation of the original resource through the regular TRAILS submission process. 

Is there a way to see all of the resources that were originally published in a paper syllabi set?

To see all of the resources that were in a paper TRC Syllabi Set, conduct a search using the editor's name.