Open Access Textbooks

West Virginia History: An Open Access Reader

West Virginia History: An Open Access Reader

Kevin Barksdale (Marshall University) and Ken Fones-Wolf (West Virginia University) assembled this collection of essays, mostly from the journal they edit, West Virginia History, to serve as a reader for courses on the Mountain State’s history.

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SoTL Directory

Directory for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The 2017 directory for the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at West Virginia University is an open-access resource for faculty instructors to learn about each others' scholarly–pedagogical work and to build collaborations where possible. This inaugural SoTL directory began as a collaboration between the Teaching and Learning Commons and the Digital Publishing Institute, and we hope it introduces you to a few of the scholars on campus doing outstanding pedagogical research.

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Bad Ideas About Writing

Bad Ideas About Writing

Bad Ideas About Writing counters major myths about writing instruction. Inspired by the provocative science- and social-science-focused book This Idea Must Die and written for a general audience, the collection offers opinionated, research-based statements intended to spark debate and to offer a better way of teaching writing. Contributors, as scholars of rhetoric and composition, provide a snapshot of major myths about writing instruction in these essays. This collection is published in whole by the Digital Publishing Institute and in part by Inside Higher Ed.

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Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline

Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline

Derek Mueller advocates for a methodology that will be used to visualize and understand networks better in his book Network Sense. Mueller’s methodology combines distant reading with thin description in a way that allows academics to avoid the obsessive depth of thick description. Distant reading and thin description complement rational logics with networks of association in a way that affords inquiry and discovery for newcomers and seasoned scholars alike. This book is published by the WAC Clearinghouse/Colorado State University Open Press #writing book series.

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How To Read

We provide our textbooks in at least one of the following formats: HTML, PDF, and EPUB. An EPUB (electronic publication) is the most popular open, free electronic book format. EPUB files can be opened on systems such as Barnes and Noble’s Nook, iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone, Amazon's Kindle, and the Sony Reader. Other devices that support EPUB formats include Moon+ Reader and Wordplayer on Android devices, apps such as Freda on Windows Phone 7, and Mozilla Firefox browser add-ons such as EPUBReader and Okular.

All three formats (HTML, PDF, EPUB) should be easily readable on most mobile devices and e-readers. But they can also be read on computers using Apple Books on Mac and Calibre for Mac, Windows, and Linux. There are also web browser-based EPUB readers, such as Google Play Books (you can upload your own EPUB files), and the browser add-on Readium.

We recommend the following applications and readers for viewing.

About Open Access Textbooks

Open Access Textbooks is an open access textbook project created through West Virginia University with the goal of producing cost-effective and high quality products that engage authors, faculty, and students. This project is supported by the Digital Publishing Institute and West Virginia University Libraries and is available in HTML, PDF, and EPub formats.

For questions, comments or technical support, please contact Jessica McMillen.

Contact Information

Open Access Textbooks at WVU

West Virginia University Libraries
1549 University Ave
Morgantown, WV 26505

Technical Support

Jessica McMillen
Head, Digital and Web Services
Library Systems Development
Phone: 304-293-0312