Read and Write

Improve your research, reading, study and writing skills with confidence! CSUN has made Read & Write (RW) software for Windows and Mac available to all students. Get access to assistance with effective reading, study strategies, and writing anytime and anywhere. 

RW is a customizable toolbar with interactive tools to help you with reading and understanding your textbooks, studying course materials and writing papers. Find the tools for you!

Research and Gather Information

Use RW to gather and organize information quickly when searching the web, journal articles, or books for relevant information about a topic.

Prepare and store information for research assignments or when writing reports. You may create a bibliography in APA, MLA or Harvard format for your research.

Highlight text in Word, PDF’s or online and export to a new Word document.  

Read More in Less Time

RW has tools to increase your reading speed and comprehension to maximize time you spend reading course materials.
Listen to your text instead of reading.

Read anything on your screen, including websites, images, flash and PDF files.

Select only the text you want to be read out loud.

Take Notes and Organize an Outline

As you study, use Read & Write’s highlighting features to collect important information, put them in one place, and even create your own study guides.

Collects facts for your paper or assignments by using different highlighting colors. Highlights can be saved into a Word document for review and studying.

Gather new vocabulary, save in Word with a definition, and add an image for each word.

Write a Draft and Prepare your Final Paper

RW can help you review your work and check for grammar and spelling errors, so you can feel more confident about your paper.  
Verb Checker and Spell Check tools let you revise and improve your writing.

Listen to your writing to proof read your papers.

Dictionary has advanced options for definitions and sample sentences to help with word choice.

Speak your thoughts aloud and RW will start typing for you.

Learn more about what Read & Write has to offer!

Each tool for Read & Write, for Windows or Mac versions, has a brief instructional videos.

Instructional Videos for Windows Version

Instructional Videos for Mac Version



Download Read & Write on your computer through MyCSUNBox

If you have any questions or challenges with the download or to learn more about maximizing your experience with Read & Write, please contact:

Patrice M. Wheeler, Assistive Technology Specialist 
Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)