Monday, October 24, 2011

Open Access Resources for Writers

Colorado State University has developed an open-access resource for writers, available by visiting: http://writing.colostate.edu/textbooks/. The texts currently on the site are The Informed Writer: Using Sources in the Disciplines, Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing Volumes I and II, Writing Commons…the Home for Writers, The Process of Research Writing, and Paradigm Writing Assistant. Colorado State intends to expand upon the current posted resources “by providing access to previously published textbooks and by creating a collection of new textbooks.”

Another online writing resource is http://redschoolhouse.org/drupal/#1, in development at the University of Virginia. The site’s library presently offers “lessons on argument, problem framing, and style—all geared towards first-year college students.” Writers have the option to join in the conversation by posting on one of the site’s “public forums for discussion, including a writers’ forum, a teachers’ forum, and individual class blogs.”

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