Issue For June 2, 2004
During the summer session at Purdue (May to August), we'll be sending out the OWL News every two weeks.
Writing Question of the Week
Can you tell me the format for referencing something a college instructor says during a class? Thank you.
Answer MLA style (section 5.8.11) says, "In a citation of an oral presentation, give the speaker's name; the title of the presentation (if known), in quotation marks; the meeting and sponsoring organization (if applicable); the location; and the date. If there is no title, use an appropriate descriptive label (Address, Lecture, Keynote speech, Reading/), neither underlined nor enclosed in quotation marks.
So it would be something like:
Smith, Bob. Lecture. Maryville University, New York. 17 May 2003.
APA style does not give a specific example for lectures, but I would cite it as an unpublished paper:
Smith, Bob. (2003, May). Title of lecture (if any). Lecture presented at Maryville University, New York, NY.
The OWL Help Nest
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This Week's Question I desperately need some activities and resources about sentence combining, sentence clarity and avoiding wordiness with answers. I have already used the activity on the OWL Web site. Does anyone have any suggestions for other resources?
Answer: Allyn and Bacon published the two best resources for sentence combining back in 1985 called Sentence Combining: Practice Plus, Book 1 and Book 2 by Bruce MacDonald and Leslie Orsini. Unfortunately, both are out of print. McGraw Hill publishes a distant second place text called Sentence Combining: A Composing Book by William Strong. With fewer explanations, the Strong text is more confusing and less effective, but nonetheless a source for this key writing development device. One other text (which I have not used in class) is Sentence-Combining Workbook by Pam Altman et al., and published by Thomson Heinle.--Paul Morse
What's Happening on OWL
- OWL Eye on...What Are Your OWL Dreams? This summer marks the beginning of work to transform Purdue's OWL from a massive collection of HTML pages into a streamlined database that will deliver content dynamically to the Web. As we make plans for this transition, we'd like to hear from you as to what you'd like to see on Purdue OWL in the future. Please email Karl Stolley, OWL Coordinator/soon-to-be OWL Webmaster at email@example.com with your wildest dreams and suggestions.
What's Happening in the Writing Lab
- OWL Eye on...Maymester Schedule
The Writing Lab will continue to offer services for students and
teachers in Maymester courses. One-on-one tutorials, in-lab and in-class
workshops, lab tours, conversation groups, and Writing Lab resources
will all be available from May 17 through June 11.
- Maymester 2004 Writing Lab Hours:
- Tutoring Hours: M-Th 9-4; F 9-1
- ESL Conversation Groups: M & Tu 3-4; W & Th 11-12.
OWL Eye on....Maymester In-Lab Workshops
- Thurs. June 3: APA Style
- Tues. June 8: MLA Style
- Thurs June 10: Proofreading in ESL
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