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

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: 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. ... More

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

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 ....

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 ....

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 ....

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

Web Literacy Book CoverWeb Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

By Michael A. Caulfield

Michael Caulfied tells us that this book "is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly." View this textbook ....

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 ....