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It's Here: A new look for the Purdue OWL!

The new version of the Purdue OWL is available at https://owl.purdue.edu/. Worry not! Our navigation menu and content will remain largely the same. In 8 days, we will be discontinuing owl.english.purdue.edu and you will be automatically redirected to the new site.

How to Navigate the OWL


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

Contributors:Karl Stolley, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2018-03-23 03:07:40

This resource will help you navigate the OWL. 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 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
    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.

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