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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).

The Grammar Gang offers grammar information and answers your grammar questions on their blog, a cross-cultural writing resource endeavor brought to you by the Purdue OWL and the UniSA/Adeliade University Possums.

Purdue Writing Lab Spring 2012 Hours

January 10, 2012 2:51 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

To make a tutoring appointment, call 765-494-3723.

Heavilon Hall 226
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Hicks Undergraduate Library (UGRL Room G959)
Monday: 7:00pm - 10:00 pm

Latino Cultural Center
Tuesday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Meredith Hall
Wednesday: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Please remember to bring your Purdue Student ID with you when you visit the Writing Lab.

Purdue OWL YouTube Channel Cover Letter Vidcast and Playlists

December 14, 2011 3:14 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

Please check out the latest vidcast, "Tips for Writing Effective Cover Letters" by content developer Joshua Paiz.

We've also created the three following playlists, which allow you to watch a set of continous videos: Grammar and Mechanics, Writing in Engineering, and Job Search Writing.

Thanks to Joshua for making the thirteenth Purdue OWL vidcast possible, and thank you to all our viewers and subscribers for watching. Keep staying tuned for more vidcasts.

Purdue Writing Lab Finals Week Fall 2011 Schedule

December 10, 2011 9:21 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

The schedule for finals week in the Writing Lab is as follows:

Heavilon Hall 226
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Consultations are only available during finals week in the Heavilon Hall 226 location. The last day for consultations is Wednesday, December 14. All satellite locations are closed during finals week and the winter recess.

The Writing Lab and the satellite locations will reopen Monday, January 9, 2012.

Thanks for a wonderful fall semester, and we'll see you in 2012. Good luck with finals!

Purdue Writing Lab on Twitter

November 18, 2011 10:37 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

The Purdue Writing Lab has joined the Twitterverse. Follow the Lab @PurdueWLab for news and updates.




Purdue Writing Lab November Writing Workshops

November 3, 2011 5:20 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The Purdue Writing Lab announces the November Writing Workshops. Workshops are free, and no sign-up is required. All workshops are held in the HEAV 226 and are open to Purdue students, staff, and faculty.

Thursday, November 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: "Presentations: Writing with PowerPoint and the Basics of Visual Rhetoric"

We've all seen it: the world's worst PowerPoint. The last thing we want is to be the author of such abuse! Join your fellow Purdue students, faculty, and staff for a free, walk-in workshop on effective PowerPoint presentation. Learn how to apply the basic principles of visual rhetoric to enhance your success in this widely used mode of communication.

Wednesday, November 30, 2:00-3:00 p.m.: "Learning to Write in English: Spotlight on Grammar and Punctuation"

Details to follow.

Purdue Writing Lab Catchy Phrase Winner

November 2, 2011 10:05 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

Julie Ranslant is the winner of the Writing Lab’s Catchy Phrase contest, in celebration with the National Day on Writing and Liberal Art’s Month. Julie came up with the winning Writing Lab’s Catchy Phrase, "Rough draft or rough start, the Writing Lab is here to help you!" Julie is an exchange student from Strasbourg, France. Her major is history. She would like to be a journalist when she is finished with school. She enjoys reading, writing, history, cinema, and sports.

Congratulations, Julie! Thank you to all entrants for your time and creativity.

Purdue Writing Lab October Writing Workshops

October 17, 2011 7:05 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

Join us next week for two writing workshops on the most popular citation styles, MLA and APA. Workshops are free, and no sign-up is required. All workshops are held in the HEAV 226 and are open to Purdue students, staff, and faculty.

Tuesday, October 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: "Introduction to MLA: Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism"

Building knowledge versus borrowing knowledge—where do academics draw the line? Attend this free workshop and find out! Become skilled at navigating MLA resources and avoiding the common citation mistakes that can cost you your writerly credibility.  No pre-registration necessary for Purdue students, staff, and faculty.

Wednesday, October 26, 3:00-4:00 p.m.: "Introduction to APA: Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism"

Memorize all the rules of APA style and formatting? No thanks! Join us for an exploration of the strategies and sources that can help you master APA citation without breaking your brain bank. As a bonus, you’ll get directed practice and a firmer understanding of why citation matters in the first place. Free for Purdue students, staff, and faculty. No sign-up required. 

See you there!

Purdue OWL Citation Style Chart

October 5, 2011 12:03 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL announces its newest resource, the Citation Style Chart. Users have been requesting a side-by-side comparison chart of APA, MLA, and CMS styles to facilitate class discussions of citation guidelines, and this PDF resource provides a listing of citation format for many sources. You are welcome to print the PDF as long as you follow the OWL's Fair Use Policy.

Many thanks to content developer Justin King Rademaekers for his work on this much-anticipated resource.

Purdue Writing Lab Celebrates Liberal Arts Month and the National Day on Writing

September 29, 2011 4:27 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

To celebrate Liberal Arts Month and the National Day on Writing, the Purdue Writing Lab is hosting a contest for all Purdue students. See details below.

Can you come up with a clever quote, catchy phrase, or sentence description about the Writing Lab that we could use for publicity purposes? If you can, please drop off your ideas, along with your name and email, in the Writing Lab “catchy phrase” box outside of Heavilon Hall, Room 226, the week of October 17-19. You can also email your phrase to Denise, the Writing Lab Secretary, at dmcknig@purdue.edu. 

The winner will be announced on October 20th and will receive recognition in the OWL and the Alumni Annotations Newsletter and will receive a Writing Lab prize pack. Contest is open to all Purdue students. If you have any questions, please contact Denise at dmcknig@purdue.edu.  


New OWL Media File Index and Vidcast

September 28, 2011 8:13 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

As you may have noticed, the OWL is beginning to house more media resources, including vidcasts, podcasts, sample papers, sample employment documents, and PowerPoints. To help you locate these files, we have created a new section called the Media File Index. This section contains a list of and links to all the media files on the OWL, and you are free to use, link to, or print these resources as long as you follow our Fair Use Policy. We will update the index as we create more media resources, so be sure to bookmark the page to stay up-to-date.

We also posted our newest vidcast on the Purdue OWL YouTube Channel, "Layering Reports." This vidcast offers information about report writing in engineering, but it may be useful for students and instructors working with reports in a variety of fields. Many thanks to Zachery Koppelmann and the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering Writing Enhancement Program for their continued hard work on these vidcasts.

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