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News from the Purdue Writing Lab

The Purdue OWL News is an online newsletter addressing readers' writing-related questions and covering events in the Purdue University Writing Lab and the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (Purdue OWL). To subscribe to the RSS feed, click on "RSS 2.0" on the left sidebar.

The OWL is offering a new video on Thesis Statements

September 20, 2017 10:42 am
By Trinity Overmyer

We have just released a new video that explores the how and why of thesis statements. This video gives helpful tips and examples, which are analyzed in the video to help writers understand the nuances of a good statement. Additionally, this video discusses how thesis statements change with different rhetorical situations. We want to give a big thanks to Rachel Atherton and Haley Larsen for their work on this new resource. Click here for this video, and take some time to explore all the other writing videos on our YouTube Channel.

New video on Drafting and Revising during the writing process

September 13, 2017 12:20 pm
By Trinity Overmyer

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new addition to our many video resources, "The Writing Process: Drafting and Revising." This resource offers some tips and insights for students struggling with this part of the process. We would like to thank Purdue OWL Content Developer, Joseph Forte, for his work on this fun and useful resource.

New resource for writing lab tutors: Lab Report Considerations

September 12, 2017 12:34 pm
By Trinity Overmyer

We have just released a new resource on how writing lab tutors might think through the conventions and considerations of lab reports. This resource helps tutors consider the genre expectations and also the larger rhetorical considerations for these texts. The OWL would like to thank Lindsey Macdonald for her expertise and attention to this valuable work.

Introducing the Critical Disability Studies resource

August 23, 2017 9:38 am
By Trinity Overmyer

The OWL is proud to introduce the addition of our Critical Disability Studies resource for users interested in literary theory and criticism. This is the latest resource in a long line of pages dedicated to making various schools of literary and social criticism accessible to beginners. The page also includes a list of influential works in Critical Disability Studies that can help readers delve into more serious study. We would like to thank Sebastian Williams for contributing this much-needed material to our site.  

Updated MLA Classroom Poster, 8th Edition

August 22, 2017 10:55 am
By Trinity Overmyer

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the 8th Edition updates to our very popular MLA classroom poster. This resource provides basic guidelines for using MLA and gives an overview of the new container citation style. This resource can be printed up to 27” x 36”. It is formatted for high quality printing. We at the OWL extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developers, Rachel Atherton and Elizabeth Geib, for their work on this resource.

Changes to Healthcare Writing Resources

July 18, 2016 9:38 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL has reorganized several resources into a new Healthcare Writing section, which can be found in the Subject-Specific Writing category, in order to streamline the site's organization. This section now includes Medical Journalism (formerly called "Medical Writing"), SOAP Notes, Patient Education Materials, Writing as a Veterinary Technician, and Writing as a Professional Nurse. The veterinary technician and nursing resources have been moved from their own sections to this one, which changed the URLs of their pages, so if you are currently linking to these resources, please update your links.

Thank you to OWL Webmaster Tony Bushner for his help with this change.

New Purdue OWL Resource--Planning Community Partnerships

June 28, 2016 10:37 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new addition to our Community Engaged Writing section, "Planning Community Partnerships." This resource is a guide for instructors in planning community engagement and navigating community partnerships. The OWL's Community Engaged Writing section is growing just as the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) has issued a Statement on Community-Engaged Projects in Rhetoric and Composition. We thank Purdue OWL Content Developer Carrie Grant for her work on this resource.

OWL Mail Discontinued

May 23, 2016 1:12 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

As of May 2, 2016, the OWL Mail service, which allowed any user to write to our tutors with writing questions, has been discontinued. This change will allow the Purdue Writing Lab to allocate resources to online tutoring for Purdue students, staff, and faculty. Those affiliated with Purdue University-West Lafayette can make an appointment for face-to-face or online tutoring with our online scheduler. Non-Purdue users may consult this list for a writing center near your location.

New Purdue OWL Literature Writing Resource--Writing about World Literature

May 3, 2016 4:28 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new resource, "Writing about World Literature." This resource provides guidance on understanding the assignment, considering context, and developing thesis statements and citations for world literature papers. It also includes a PowerPoint about thesis statements in world literature for use by instructors and students. We extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Ingrid Pierce for her work on this resource.

New Purdue OWL Healthcare Writing Resource--Patient Education Materials

May 3, 2016 10:19 am
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new resource, "Patient Education Materials," which joins our growing section on healthcare writing. This resource contains strategies and examples for crafting patient education documents, including research, audience awareness, organization, and language. We extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Caroline Jennings for her work on this resource.

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