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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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OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel Update


February 19, 2015 10:24 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

Today, we have exciting news about the OWL@Purdue YouTube channel. We have surpassed 1,000,000 views of our vidcast resources!

Launched in during the spring semester of 2011, this channel has become an important part of the Purdue OWL's efforts to bring our writers and writing teachers around the globe quality instructional resource. It currently houses over 40 vidcast lectures on topics ranging from MLA/APA style to the foundations of rhetoric. 

The following vidcasts and vidcast developers deserve special recognition, as they have played a key role in helping us to pass this milestone:


Purdue OWL: Professional Writing Resources - Donation Request Letters


February 18, 2015 5:33 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional writing resource, Writing Donation Requests This resource provides users with a guide to understanding a variety of genre, language, and rhetorical issues that might arise when writing donation request letters. 

To access this resource, click here

We would like to thank content developer Libby Chernouski for her work on this resource.


Purdue OWL: Creative Writing Resources - Developing Characters


February 2, 2015 11:39 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest creative writing resource, Writing Characters in Fiction. This resource provides users with a guide to understanding, introducing, and developing characters in fiction writing. 

To access this resource, click here

We would like to thank content developer McKinley P. Murphy for her work on this resource.


Purdue OWL: Activity and Postmortem Reports


January 15, 2015 4:15 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional and technical writing resources, Activity Reports and Postmortem Reports. These resources provides our users with a guide to understanding and drafting these two common workplace documents. 

To access this resource, click here

We would like to thank content developer Kyle Vealey for his work on this resource.


Purdue OWL: Understanding Assignment Prompts


December 12, 2014 11:21 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest resource second language writing resource, Understanding Assignment Prompts. This resource provides our users with a guide to understanding and deconstructing university-level writing prompts. It also includes a set of annotated sample assignment prompts. 

To access this resource, click here

We would like to thank content developer Erin Brock for her work on this resource.


Tips for Writing in North American Colleges Expansion


December 11, 2014 11:28 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the expansion of our "Tips for Writing in North American Colleges" resource. This resource, designed as an introduction to studying at North American universities for international students, now includes a glossary of terms related to writing from sources. This resource is another contribution from our partnership with Dr. Margie Berns' ESL Curriculum Design class, which took place during the Spring 2014 semester. The Writing from Sources Glossary can be accessed by clicking here

We would like to thank content developers Michelle Campbell and Rodrigo Rodríguez-Fuentes for their work in developing this new resource. 

The Purdue OWL would also like to extend its warm thanks to Professor Berns for facilitating this partnership. 


Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2014 Finals Week Schedule


December 9, 2014 8:11 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue Writing Lab has announced its schedule for fall 2014 finals week: 

Fall 2014 Finals Week
December 15 - 19
Heavilon Hall: Monday – Wednesday 9am – 6pm
No evening satellite hours
Closed beginning Thursday, December 18 until the start of the Spring semester. 


New Resources Type: The Classroom Mini-poster


December 5, 2014 10:51 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

During the Spring 2014 semester, the Purdue Online Writing Lab partnered with Professor Margie Berns' ENGL 516: Curriculum Development in TESOL class. Throughout this partnership, we were pleased to work with so many bright young scholars-practitioners. When the students were presenting their final projects to Purdue OWL leadership, we were excited to be introduced to a new potential resource type: the classroom mini-poster. 

The mini-poster comes in two sizes, 22x15" and 8.5x11", and it is a design-driven instructional resource. Currently, we have three posters on two topics available. 

To access the posters on MLA, click here

To access the posters on active/passive voice, click here

Many thanks to developers Michelle Campbell and Rodrigo Rodríguez-Fuentes for their work in developing this new resource type. 

The Purdue OWL would also like to extend its warm thanks to Professor Berns for facilitating this partnership. 


Additional Purdue Writing Lab Annual Reports Now Available


December 4, 2014 9:57 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue Writing Lab is pleased to announce Writing Lab annual reports from 1990-1992 are now available, as are our summer reports from 1991-1992. These reports provides the reader with a glance into activities at the Purdue Writing Lab. This includes information on our one-to-one tutoring that is freely available to all Purdue University West Lafayette students, faculty, and staff; our research and outreach activities; and on select analytics for the Purdue Online Writing Lab. 

Further updates to this page will be made as either (a) new annual reports are approved by Writing Lab administration, or (b) as older reports are uncovered and digitized.

To access the annual reports page, click here


American Sociological Association Updates


November 21, 2014 11:08 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

We're pleased to announce that our ASA resources are now up-to-date with the ASA Style Guide 5th Edition. 

Content Coordinator Joshua M. Paiz completed this work. 


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