University Writing Program

Open-Access Resources (OAR) for Classroom Use



Close reading, analyzing writing, images, film, etc.



Argument & Thesis

counterargument handouts


A great handout on revision

Genre and Discipline

Rationale, CGA, etc.

An open-access undergraduate and graduate student research journal – useful for showing students examples of high quality, student writing

Useful for understanding writing conventions across disciplines / supporting CGA discussion


Locating and evaluating sources, proposals, methodology, advanced argumentation and source use, etc.

Useful for discussing forms of plagiarism

Video modules

Supports discussions of source use and plagiarism avoidance

Excellent source for narrowing your research topic

Style, Grammar, and Citation



The segment from 23:00 to 31:28 is useful for demonstrating the difference between passive vs. active voice.

Useful Resources ("For Further Reading")

Offers accessible explanations of grammatical concepts. NOTE: It usually it makes the most sense to Google the name of the construction and then “grammar girl” after it, rather than browsing the site itself.


Stuff to Disaggregate

Founded by Joseph M. Moxley is a professor of English at USF, Writing Commons is a peer-reviewed, open text for writing courses. Entires cover topics such as genre, rhetoric, and editing.

While not strictly open, the Library is happy to help with reducing costs through our Reserves program. Some books can be purchased as multi-user ebooks. For books that cannot be purchased by libraries as ebooks, the Library can put a print copy on Permanent Reserve meaning that any student can check teh book out for up to 2 hours at a time. We've done with Hacker's A Pocket Style Manual, for example. Please feel free to email with additional requests.

Produced by or recommended by the Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse:

  • The Process of Research Writing
  • Bazerman's A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action
  • Writing for Success. University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing edition
  • Harvard Writes