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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).

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New Purdue OWL Creative Writing Resource--Creative Nonfiction


April 28, 2016 11:47 am
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new creative writing resource, "Creative Nonfiction." This resource provides an overview of creative nonfiction and a few of its major sub-genres. We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer McKinley Murphy for her work on this resource.


MLA 8th Edition Resources Are Coming, and a Summary is Online


April 27, 2016 5:43 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

In April 2016, the Modern Languages Association (MLA) released the 8th Edition of its handbook of style. The Purdue OWL has posted a summary of major changes from the 7th Edition. We thank OWL content developer Susan Wegener for her work on this resource.

We are currently working on new resources for the 8th edition, which will replace our current MLA pages in June 2016. Subscribe to the OWL News RSS feed for all updates!


New Purdue OWL Resource--Writing in Art History


March 1, 2016 9:26 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new  resource, "Writing in Art History." This resource introduces academic and professional art history genres such as museum catalogs, museum title cards, and analytical essays and provides guidance on taking notes and preparing for exams. We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Margaret Sheble for her work on this resource.


New Purdue OWL Resource--Résumes for Military Veterans


February 23, 2016 1:01 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new  resource, "Résumés for Military Veterans." This resource provides guidance on adapting military experience on a résumé for a civilian audience. We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Stacey Dearing for her work on this resource.


New Purdue OWL Resource--Community Engaged Writing


February 12, 2016 5:05 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the a new  resource, "Community Engaged Writing." This resource explains how community engagement relates to writing assignments and describes modes and principles for such an approach. The OWL hopes to expand this section into a larger set of resources soon. We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Carolyn Grant for her work on this resource.


New Purdue OWL Healthcare Writing Resource--SOAP Notes


December 15, 2015 9:44 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the a new healthcare writing resource, "SOAP Notes." This resource provides information on SOAP Notes, which are a clinical documentation format used in a range of healthcare fields. This resource can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developers Lily Hsu and Fernando Sánchez for their work on this resource.


New Purdue OWL Vidcast--Chicago Style: The Basics


October 22, 2015 10:52 am
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest vidcast, "Chicago Style: The Basics." This vidcast covers the basics of formatting a document in Chicago style, including spacing, margins, headers, and use of notes. Future vidcasts will go into further detail about Chicago's notes system. This vidcast can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Arielle McKee for her work on this vidcast.


New Purdue OWL Grammar Resource: Reflexive Pronouns


October 8, 2015 9:42 am
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest grammar resource, "Reflexive Pronouns." This resource distinguishes between correct and incorrect usages of reflexive pronouns, with examples. It can be accessed by clicking here

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Eugene Charles McGregor Boyle III for his work on this resource.


New Vidcast: How Do You Prepare for a Visit to the Purdue Writing Lab?


October 7, 2015 3:20 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new vidcast, "How Do You Prepare for a Visit to the Purdue Writing Lab?" which can be accessed by clicking here.

This vidcast includes interview footage of tutees explaining how they prepare for their appointments a the Writing Lab in order to get the most out of their sessions. The vidcast was produced by Daniel Liddle, with production consultation from Vicki Kennell and videography by Erin Cromer, Carrie Kancilia, and Priya Sirohi. We thank them for their work on this vidcast, which will be the first in a series of five.


The Purdue Writing Lab Welcomes a New Director


August 19, 2015 3:42 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue Writing Lab is excited to welcome Harry Denny as its new Director and as Associate Professor of English. For the last nine years, Dr. Denny was faculty director of the University Writing Center at St. John's University in New York City. Under his leadership, that writing center, along with the university's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, were recognized as Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC) Writing Programs of Excellence in 2014. Before St. John's, he directed the writing center at Stony Brook University (SUNY). Harry's research focuses on composition studies, writing center theory and practice, cultural studies and research methods. His research also analyzes the rhetoric of social movements and identity politics, particularly around LGBTQ issues at the intersection of race, economic class and institutional or systemic oppression. Harry's first monograph, Facing the Center: Towards an Identity Politics of One-to-one Mentoring (Utah State University Press), explores how sociocultural dynamics impact the everyday interaction of writing conferences. His co-authored article with Anne Ellen Geller, "Of Lady Bugs, Low Status and Loving the Job," published in Writing Center Journal, won the Best Article Award from the International Writing Centers Association in 2014. Currently, he's at work on cross-institutional research on first-generation/working-class students and their experiences with writing centers and higher education. He's also developing a manuscript exploring the rhetoric of contemporary civil rights, and a collection of essays about marginal identities in the writing center. Harry received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Temple University in Rhetoric and Communication. He also holds an M.A. in sociology from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa.


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