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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.

Purdue OWL Outage

April 29, 2013 6:50 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

On Sunday, April 28, 2013 at approximately 8:30am, Purdue OWL staff became aware of a back-end issue that severely limited Purdue OWL functionality. Purdue OWL staff partnered with Purdue University's IT department to correct the error. As of 6:30am on Monday, April 29, 2013, functionality has been restored.

We do sincerly apologize for any inconvenience that this technical issue may have caused you.

Many thanks to our technical coordinator, Caitlin Spronk, and to ITaP staff for working to bring the Purdue OWL back online.

Purdue OWL ESL Writing Resources: Key Words and Concepts for Writing in North American Colleges

April 25, 2013 7:12 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the expansion of our ESL writing resources. The expansion includes resources designed to help ESL writers with the sometimes difficult meta-language regarding writing in North American colleges and universities. The expanded material can be accessed by clicking here

Thanks to content developer Heejung Kwon for her contribution to this resource.

Purdue OWL SURF Workshop Resources: Designing Scientific Research Posters

April 22, 2013 3:37 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the expansion of our SURF workshop resources. The expansion includes resources on designing scientific research posters. The expanded material can be accessed by clicking here

Thanks to content developers Daniel Kenzie and Mary McCall for their contributions to these resources.

Purdue OWL Undergraduate Application Resources Expansion

April 8, 2013 9:54 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the expansion of our Undergraduate Application resources. The expansion includes resources on a wide range of topics, from writing the application essay, to handling the application process. The expanded material can be accessed by clicking here

Thanks to content developer Fernando Sánchez for his contribution to these resources. 

Purdue OWL YouTube Channel APA References Lists: A More Detailed Explanation

April 8, 2013 8:15 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

Check out our latest vidcast, "APA References Lists: A More Detailed Explanation," which offers the viewer a more in-depth brief of APA style references lists and their formatting.

For a full listing of vidcasts, visit the Purdue OWL Vidcasts resource or the Purdue OWL YouTube Channel

Thanks to content developers Beth Jones and Gina Hurley for their work on this project. 

Purdue Online Writing Lab Resource Relocation Notice

March 22, 2013 7:48 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

At present, the Purdue OWL houses two sets of ESL resources, those under the main OWL and those under our engagement section. The engagement ESL resources were originally created for the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA), and they were originally designed for students at an intermediate language proficiency. 

After much deliberation, the Purdue OWL staff has decided to move the engagement section ESL resources and to merge them with the ESL resources on the main section of the OWL. This decision was made because we feel that this will increase the accessibility of these resources, making the available to a wider audience. 

On May 10, 2013, the ESL resources and exercises in the engagement section will be taken down and will only be accessible from the ESL section on the OWL. To assist users in making the change over, we have placed links on the engagment page pointing to these resources' new home. 

Purdue Online Writing Lab and Pearson Publishing Announcement

March 20, 2013 6:12 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

On March 19th, 2013, Purdue University announced the inclusion of the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) in an upcoming Pearson Publishing project, Pearson Writer, as a part of an agreement between Pearson Publishing and the Purdue Research Foundation. A portion of the official Purdue press release describes the new collaboration as follows:

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab will be included in a Pearson mobile writing resource designed for smart phones and tablets through an agreement between Purdue Research Foundation and Pearson.


The agreement allows the Purdue OWL to be included in Pearson Writer, a complete resource of curated and searchable information and guidance that includes writing, research, and content and project management tools.


Beyond the formal announcement of the inclusion of the Purdue OWL in the above-mentioned Pearson project, we would like to assure our users that this partnership does not alter the free access to the Purdue OWL that they currently enjoy. The Purdue OWL will remain an open-access writing resource, and there will be no changes to our Fair Use Policy for personal users or educational institutions.

The Purdue OWL staff will maintain control over Purdue OWL resources and will continue to strive to deliver quality instructional and practice content free of charge to our users across the globe. Again, there will be no change to the daily operations of the Purdue OWL, and it will continue to be offered with no fees to educators, writers, and learners around the world.

To read the full Purdue University Press release, click here.

Purdue Writing Lab Workshops at the CSC Descriptions Posted

February 18, 2013 2:32 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

We are pleased to announce that the topics for the Purdue Writing Lab's Writing Workshops at the Collaborative Study Center have been posted. You can access the listing by clicking here

Writing Lab Workshops are open to all current Purdue University students enrolled in classes at the West Lafayette Campus. 

Purdue Writing Lab ESL Conversation Group Topics Posted

January 18, 2013 4:53 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

We are pleased to announce that the topics for the weekly ESL conversation groups have been posted. You can see the scheduled topics by clicking here

If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, our Lab's conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary. The conversation groups are also a great way to meet other Purdue community members, share perspectives and experience, and learn more about other cultures.

Purdue OWL Outage

January 2, 2013 12:09 pm
By Joshua Paiz

This morning the Purdue OWL staff was made aware of an outage of Purdue OWL services. This was due to an equipment malfunction. Full functionality of Purdue OWL services was restored at 10:30am. A special thanks goes out to Purdue IT staff for their diligent efforts in resolving the issue. We do apologize for any inconvenience that this outage may have caused our users. 

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