The Open Handbook

College students are commonly required to purchase handbooks for use in their writing courses. These reference texts introduce students to the conventions of academic writing and often include chapters on academic research, critical thinking, grammar, punctuation, and formal citation.

However, most handbooks on the market today are bloated in both content and price. (I think the former is often the justification for the latter). The version that my students were required to purchase at my former job is over 900 pages long and costs just under $60. I think that is too long and too much.

My goal for this project is to create a brief handbook with everything students need to successfully navigate their college writing assignments, then give it away for free.

The project is currently housed at GitHub. If you would like to collaborate with me on the project, please contact me or create a fork of the project on GitHub.

Or download a copy of the Open Handbook here.