Here are some editions you might want to look at as examples of successfully completed alternate fifth assignments:
For the alternate assignment five, you need to prepare a full-text electronic edition in cooperation with the Electronic Text Center in Alderman Library. First, you need to be certain that your book is out of copyright (published more than 75 years ago) and that no full-text electronic edition already exists. The Etext Center can help you answer the second question, if you're not sure. Once you know that you can legally prepare a full-text electronic edition, and that none has already been created, the Etext Center staff will show you how to scan the text of your book into machine-readable form. You will then use a word processor to print out and proofread the results of that scanning process, and to correct any errors that you find (making sure that you double-check to make sure the error isn't in the printed version: if it is, leave it in yours). The Etext Center staff can also provide you with some basic instructions for formatting paragraphs, chapters, captions, etc., to make their work easier once they receive the corrected electronic text from you. Please proofread and format carefully: this is the most important aspect of preparing your edition.
In addition to providing a proof-read, formatted, machine-readable text, you will also need to work with the Etext Center staff to prepare a bibliographic "header" for the electronic edition, which will convey basic publication information about the printed source, information about the preparation of the electronic edition, and the like.
Finally, if your book is illustrated, you should scan the illustrations and make sure they are part of the electronic edition. If you are particularly interested in learning more about how electronic texts are prepared for library collections, you can also volunteer to do some of the SGML tagging of the text, putting in structural tags (to identify paragraphs, pages, chapters, and the like), and perhaps also tagging items of content (author's name, place-names, etc.).