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Welcome to the Writing@CSU Open-Access Textbooks pages. The following textbooks are available on this site or on other websites for use by writing students and teachers. We intend, over the next few years, to add to this collection of resources both by providing access to previously published textbooks and by creating a collection of new textbooks. For more information about this project, 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 ....

InvolvedInvolved: 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.... More More

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 Volume 1 ....>

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 Volume 2 ....

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 ....

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 ....

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 ....

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

Books for Writing Instructors

Web WritingWeb Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning

Edited by Jack Dougherty and Tennyson O'Donnell

The essays in Web Writing respond to contemporary debates over the proper role of the Internet in higher education, steering a middle course between polarized attitudes that often dominate the conversation. The authors argue for the wise integration of web tools into what the liberal arts does best: writing across the curriculum. View this edited collection ....

Editorial Board
Sonja Andrus, Collin County Community College
Charles Bazerman, University of California Santa Barbara
Nichole Bennett-Bealer, Northampton Community College
Charlotte Brammer, Samford University
Gerd Bräuer, University of Education, Freiburg
Pamela Childers, McCallie School
Cynthia Cochran, Illinois College
Christopher Dean, University of California Santa Barbara
Patricia Ericsson, Washington State University
Donna Evans, Washington State University
Chris Gerben, University of Michigan
Heidi Harris, Eastern Oregon University
Alice Horning, Oakland University
Neal Lerner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sushil Oswal, University of Washington Tacoma
Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University
Leslie Jo Sena, Washington State University
Stephanie Wade, SUNY Stony Brook Southampton
Venecia Williams, Nagoya City University