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Contributors:Karl Stolley, Allen Brizee.
Summary:

These pages will help you learn about the features of the new OWL at Purdue site, including printing, requesting copies, linking, reporting errors/problems, and navigating the new design.

How to Use the OWL

There are many features of the new Purdue OWL. Learn all about using them here; you can find answers to common questions about the OWL at our FAQ

The Toolbar

Most of the functionality of new OWL pages can be controlled through the toolbar at the bottom of OWL pages.

Example of the OWL toolbar, which appears as a list of links to imageless browsers.

Image Caption: Each of these icons has a specific function, which you can learn about below.

The toolbar appears on all OWL writing and Engagement resources, and allows you to:

Printing OWL Resources

All pages on the new OWL are printable (and actually look nothing like the pages you see on screen—but work well as printed documents).

Example of Icon for Print Resource (appears as link text to imageless browsers).

Image Caption: Clicking this icon will assemble all sections of a handout for one-click printing.

However, because our longer handouts are broken up over multiple pages for easy viewing and linking (and more precise search results), we offer a way to view all of a resource's sections at once for one-click printing. When you print off a copy, you must include the full legal notice that appears at the resource's end.

For users of the old OWL who were used to being able to download PDFs: we're not currently offering PDFs of our material. Users may, of course, make their own PDFs for personal use—though we do not allow reposting of our content in any electronic form.

Requesting to Copy OWL Resources

The Purdue OWL is meant to help teachers. While we strongly encourage you to link to OWL rather than print off material, we understand that there are situations where printed copies are required.

Example of Icon for Requesting to Copy OWL Materials (appears as link text to imageless browsers).

Image Caption: Clicking this icon will open an email form to request making multiple copies of a handout.

In most cases (unless you're requesting more than 200 copies or are charging participants for a workshop or some similar event), you may photocopy OWL materials for free. However, we ask that you please contact us for one-time permission to do so.

When you photocopy OWL resources, you must include the full legal notice that appears at the resource's end. Remember that we do NOT allow any reposting of our content, in original or modified forms, in any electronic format. See our Fair Use Policy for additional details.

Linking to OWL Resources

Linking to OWL and OWL resources is absolutely free and encouraged!

Example of Icon for Linking to OWL (appears as link text to imageless browsers).

Image Caption: Clicking this icon will open an email form to tell OWL when you link to a page.

However, we do like hearing from users about the pages they're linking to—keeping numbers on this type of activity helps us to demonstrate the worth of OWL to the world community. Our contact form also allows you to include the URL of your page you're linking to us from—just because we enjoy seeing the kinds of sites instructors, students, and others are building that link to OWL.

Offering Feedback on the OWL and Reporting Errors

We value your feedback on the Purdue OWL. Please send your comments and suggstions to the Purdue OWL Coordinator here. Report technical issues to the Purdue OWL Webmaster here.

Still have questions? Contact the OWL staff.

Contributors:Karl Stolley, Allen Brizee.
Summary:

These pages will help you learn about the features of the new OWL at Purdue site, including printing, requesting copies, linking, reporting errors/problems, and navigating the new design.

How to Navigate the New OWL

This resource will help you navigate the new OWL design. If you are still having problems finding the materials you need, please use the OWL's search box at the top of the navigation bar on the left side of the page or the OWL's Site Map.

At the top of new OWL pages, you will find the seven major areas of the Purdue OWL Family of Sites:Image identifying the major areas of the Purdue OWL

  1. Purdue OWL: pages containing the writing resources
  2. Writing Lab: pages containing information on the lab located in 226 Heavilon Hall on Purdue's West Lafayette, Indiana, campus in the USA.
  3. OWL News: pages containing the OWL's newsletter and its archive
  4. Engagement: pages containing the Writing Lab's civic engagement projects; users will also find writing resources here on adult basic education: GED, ESL, and job search material
  5. Research: pages containing an extensive annotated bibliography on OWL and writing center research
  6. Contact: pages containing contact information for Writing Lab faculty and staff, as well as contact information for the Purdue OWL Email Tutors.
  7. Site Map: a listing of all resources contained on the OWL Family of Sites


Beneath the links to the major areas of the OWL, you will find the list of writing categories:

This image shows the Purdue OWL Writing Categories

 A. General Writing: This area contains resources on:
    The Writing Process
    Academic Writing
    Common Writing Assignments
    Mechanics
    Grammar
    Punctuation
    Visual Rhetoric

 B. Research and Citation: This area contains resources on:
    Conducting Research
    Using Research
    APA Style
    MLA Style
    Chicago Manual Style
    American Sociology Association Style

 C. Teaching and Tutoring: This area contains resources on:
    Writing Instruction
    Tutoring Writing
    Teaching Resources

 D. Subject Specific Writing: This area contains resources on:
    Professional, Technical Writing
    Writing in Literature
    Writing in the Social Sciences
    Writing in Engineering
    Creative Writing
    Medical Writing
    Journalism and Journalistic Writing

 E. Job Search Writing: This area contains resources on:
    Preparing an Application
    Job Search Letters
    Résumés and Curriculum Vitae

 F. ESL: This area contains resources on:
    Teaching and Tutoring ESL Writing
    ESL Writing for Students

Below the writing categories, you will find the breadcrumb list showing where you are in the OWL. To return to the OWL home page, either select Purdue OWL at the top left side of the page or select Purdue OWL from the breadcrumb list. To return to the splash page of the Purdue OWL Family of Sites, select OWL Family of Sites in the breadcrumb list.

The image below shows the link to the OWL home page, the link in the breadcrumbs to the home page of the entire OWL Family of Sites (the splash page), and the breadcrumbs:

This image shows the breadcrumbs list and other navigation links on the new OWL

You may use the links to the major areas of the OWL, the writing categories, and/or the breadcrumbs to navigate the OWL. Or you may use the navigation bar at the left side of OWL pages. Please note that the navigation bar will change to show resources available within each writing category. To find specific writing resources, select links in the navigation bar:

1. Select the writing category.

This image shows the new OWL navigation bar

2. Select the sub-category

This image shows the writing sub-categories on the Purdue OWL

3. Lastly, select the writing resource

This image shows links to the specific writing resources on the OWL

The page content to the right of the navigation bar will reflect the writing category you are in and the writing resource you have selected.

This image shows how content on the OWL pages will change depending on which category users are in

Below the navigation bar, you will find the Suggested Resources box, which contains links to popular and helpful OWL material.

This image shows the Purdue OWL suggested resources box

At any point during your search for OWL resources, you may use the OWL search box at the top of the navigation bar, or you may select the link to the OWL Site Map at the top right side of OWL pages.