Welcome to LibreText, a collection of freely available materials that we think are useful for First-Year Composition courses … and probably lots of other courses as well. The site began from a simple question: “How much of what we assign from expensive textbooks is actually available for free (legally) online?” A lot, it turns out. And much more. The goal of LibreText is simply to collect and arrange links to that material to make it easy for teachers, students, and readers to find high-quality material of interest.
LibreText is designed as a supplement to or substitute for college-level Composition (First-Year Writing) textbooks, particularly readers that collect essays, articles, op-eds, and other writing models. All items listed here are available legally and without restriction online. (Inevitably, link rot may occur, but we’ll do our best to stay on top of it.) We seek out available writings that are exemplary models, and much of what we have included is material we’ve used successfully ourselves in the classroom. Additionally, we have tried to find works that are already included in the most popular Composition readers.
If you would like to get involved with helping LibreText develop, please email Matthew Cheney at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have more people help with creating entries, organizing material, keeping material updated, and working on the design of the WordPress site. We’re also happy to hear from folks who have favorite readings for classes that we should add to our contents — we’re always looking for good material that is freely and legally available online. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Thumbnail: Alphabetic writing is a frequent category in human communication. Image used with permission (CC BY-SA 4.0; Petar Milošević).