Open-Access Textbooks

The following textbooks are available on this site or on other Web sites for use by student writers. To list additional textbooks on this page, please contact Mike Palmquist at


Try This CoverTry This: Research Methods for Writers

by Jennifer Clary-Lemon, Derek Mueller, and Kate Pantelides

<Try This explores interdisciplinary research methods employed in research in writing studies but rarely drawn upon in undergraduate courses. This shifts writing instruction from a model of knowledge delivery and solitary research to a pedagogy of knowledge-making and an acknowledgment of research writing as collective, overlapping, and distributed. Each chapter is organized around methods to approach a particular kind of primary data—texts, artifacts, places, and images. View this textbook ....

Informed WriterThe Informed Writer: Using Sources in the Disciplines

by Charles Bazerman

The Informed Writer, offered here in its fifth edition, addresses a wide range of writing activites and genres, from summarizing and responding to sources to writing the research paper and writing about literature. The book has been adapted by Mark Haas for presentation on this site. View this textbook ....

Involved WriterInvolved: Writing for College, Writing for Your Self

by Charles Bazerman

Involved: Writing for College, Writing for Your Self helps students to understand their college experience as a way of advancing their own personal concerns and to draw substance from their reading and writing assignments. This edition of the book has been adapted from the print edition, published in 1997 by Houghton Mifflin. Copyrighted materials—primarily images and examples within the text—have been removed from this edition. View this textbook ....

InvolvedA Writer's Guide to Mindful Reading

By Ellen C. Carillo

The reading selections, assignments, and activities in this innovative textbook move students toward become more reflective, deliberate, and mindful readers and writers by providing opportunities to apply and reflect on multiple ways of reading and writing. Because many of the difficulties that students encounter when writing are related to the difficulties posed by reading complex texts, A Writer's Guide to Mindful Reading gives instructors the tools to help students develop a repertoire of reading strategies that will help them become stronger readers and—by extension—stronger writers. View this textbook ....

Writing Spaces Volume 1Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 1

Edited by Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky

The books in this series, published jointly by the WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, present peer-reviewed collections of essays—all composed by teachers for students—with each volume freely available for download under a Creative Commons license. The Writing Spaces mission is to build a library of quality open access texts for the writing classroom as an alternative to costly textbooks. Each series collection will contain engaging essays from different writing teachers in the field and will explore important topics about writing in a manner and style accessible both to teachers and students. View this textbook ....

Writing Spaces Volume 2Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2

Edited by Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky

The second volume in the Writing Spaces series addresses topics including the rhetorical situation, collaboration, documentation styles, weblogs, invention, writing assignment interpretation, reading critically, information literacy, ethnography, interviewing, argument, document design, and source integration. View this textbook ....

Writing Spaces Volume 3Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 3

Edited by Dana Driscoll, Mary Stewart and Matthew Vetter

The third volume of the Writing Spaces series continues the tradition of the first two books with topics such as voice and style in writing, rhetorical appeals, discourse communities, multimodal composing, visual rhetoric, credibility, exigency, working with personal experience in academic writing, globalized writing and rhetoric, constructing scholarly ethos, imitation and style, and rhetorical punctuation. View this textbook ....

Writing Spaces Volume 4Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 4

Edited by Dana Driscoll, Megan Heise, Mary Stewart, and Matthew Vetter

The fourth volume of the Writing Spaces series continues the tradition of the first two books with topics diverse topics such as place-based research, source credibility, technologies of trust, equitable language practices, social media, accessibility, feedback, racial literacy, research communities, privacy and digital technologies, navigating social contexts, writing workflows, transfer, grading, genre, writing for social change, and more. View this textbook ....

Writing Spaces Volume 5Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 5

Edited by Trace Daniels-Lerberg, Dana Driscoll, Mary K. Stewart, and Matthew Vetter

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 5, is a collection of Creative Commons licensed essays for use in the first year writing classroom, all written by writing teachers for students. This volume continues the tradition of previous volumes with diverse topics such as advanced rhetoric, translanguaging and code-meshing practices, revision workflows, environmental justice, social annotation, Wikipedia, plagiarism, accessibility, data analysis, writing knowledge transfer, and more. Teaching strategies and discussion questions follow each chapter. View this textbook ....

The English Language: From Sound to Sense

By Gerald P. Delahunty and James J. Garvey

Grounded in linguistic research and argumentation, The English Language: From Sound to Sense is written to help readers become independent language analysts capable of critically evaluating claims about the language and the people who use it. Written in a clear style, it guides its readers on topics including basic assumptions about language and discourse, pronunciation, word-formation strategies, parts of speech, clause elements and patterns, how clauses may be combined into sentences, and how clauses and sentences are modified to suit speakers' and writers' discourse purposes. ... More

Writing Textbooks Available Elsewhere on the Web

Thanks to Andrea Olinger for her help in creating this list of open-access textbooks.

Who Teaches Writing?Who Teaches Writing?

By Tyler Branson, Ron Brooks, Dana Cadman, Heidi Cephus, and several other colleagues

Who Teaches Writing? is an open teaching and learning resource being used in English Composition classes at Oklahoma State University. It was authored by contributors from Oklahoma State University and also includes invited chapters from faculty and staff at institutions both inside and outside of Oklahoma. Contributors include faculty from various departments, contingent faculty and staff, and graduate instructors. One purpose of the resource is to provide short, relatively jargon-free chapters geared toward undergraduate students taking first-year composition. View this textbook ....

Writing CommonsWriting Commons ... The Home For Writers

By Joe Moxley

Writing Commons offers the resources and community students need to improve their writing, particularly students enrolled in courses that require college-level writing. The author and editorial board members of this project believe learning materials should be free for all students and teachers—part of the cultural commons. Hence, free access is being provided to an award-winning, college textbook that was published by a major publisher and awarded the Distinguished Book Award by Computers and Composition: an International Journal. View this textbook ....

Business Writing For EveryoneBusiness Writing For Everyone

By Arley Cruthers

Business Writing For Everyone is an inclusive guide to writing in the workplace. The book takes a process-oriented, storytelling approach to composition: focusing less on genre and more on the decisions that effective business communicators make. The book also contains interactive H5P activities for students to test their learning, and activities for further reflection that instructors can use in the classroom or assign as homework. View this textbook ....

Engaging CommunitiesEngaging Communities: Writing Ethnographic Research

By Suzanne Blum Malley and Ames Hawkins

This book has been designed to help students envision interesting, hands-on research projects that are eventually converted—translated—into written text. The authors observe that ethnographic writing offers a means to engage writers, and that "ethnographic research allows students to access what can seem so terribly difficult when framed in other assignments: to pursue a line of inquiry rather than a topic, to research ethically, and to write with authority." View this textbook ....

Open EnglishOpen English @ SLCC: Texts on Writing, Language, and Literacy

By SLCC English Department

Open English @ SLCC originated from a shared desire to offer affordable, responsive, accessible instructional resources for students enrolled in composition courses at SLCC. This Pressbook is one part of the Open English project. It works as a local venue for faculty, students, and other members of the SLCC community to circulate ideas about and discuss writing in their lives. View this textbook ....

Howdy Hello CoverHowdy or Hello? Technical and Professional Communication

By Matt McKinney, Kalani Pattison, Sarah LeMire, Kathy Anders, and Nicole Hagstrom-Schmidt

Howdy or Hello? offers an introduction to technical and professional communication. It works from larger issues, including the rhetorical situaation, through composing processes, to writing specific genres. View this textbook ....

POWAParadigm Online Writing Assistant

By Chuck Guilford

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant is a distillation and collage of the author's numerous writings, talks, and activities that he has developed over the years and tried out on students, colleagues, and mentors with varying degrees of success. This comprehensive site has long been a source of advice to aspiring writers. View this textbook ....

TRRWThe Process of Research Writing

By Steve Krause

The Process of Research Writing is a web-based research writing textbook written for teachers and students in research oriented composition and rhetoric classes. View this textbook ....

Sexy Technical CommunicationOpen Technical Communication

By Tamara Powell, Jonathan Arnett, Monique Logan, Cassandra Race, Tiffani Reardon, Lance Linimon, James Monroe, and Megan MacDonald

The authors write, "Sexy technical writing . . . we’ve got to be kidding, right? But no, we aren't. Good technical writing is powerful and clear and gets the job done. It brings people together and solves problems. Good technical writing purrs and hums like that BMW you plan to be driving someday. What’s not sexy about that? On the other hand, poor technical writing skills may lead to a lifetime of asking people if they want fries with that . . . or worse, selling vacuum cleaners door to door. There’s no need to ask what’s not sexy about that!". View this textbook ....

Write Like a ScientistWrite Like a Scientist: A Guide to Scientific Communication

By Molly Costanza-Robinson, Alison Maxwell, and Colleagues

Write Like a Scientist is a resource for scientific writers at all stages of training and experience. As with any writing instruction, this book can only provide guidelines for effective writing. The considerations, patterns, and tools presented in this book will take you a long way, but the best writing will never be about adhering to a strict formula. View this textbook ....

Writing for SuccessWriting for Success

Writing for Success is a text that provides instruction in steps, builds writing, reading, and critical thinking, and combines comprehensive grammar review with an introduction to paragraph writing and composition. View this textbook ....

Other Textbooks Available Elsewhere on the Web

LogicArguments: Deductive Logic Exercises

By Howard Pospesel and David Marans

Arguments: Deductive Logic Exercises, published in 1978 and available through the Philosophy Department at UC Davis, can be used with any system of proofs for first-order predicate logic: truth trees, Fitch-style natural deductions, and so on. View this textbook ....

LogicLogic Gallery: Aristotle to the Present, E-edition

By David Marans

Logic Gallery: Aristotle to the Present, E-edition, offers "an enhanced chronology of the history of an idea—logic." View this textbook ....