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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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Purdue Writing Lab Congratulates UTA Jacqueline Borchert

May 3, 2012 1:20 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

One of our graduating UTAs, Jacqueline Borchert, has been featured on the Purdue website for her work with the Latino Cultural Center. Read about her story here. Congratulations, Jacqueline!

Purdue OWL Revised Rhetorical Situation Resource

April 27, 2012 11:23 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

We are pleased to announce that an updated version of "The Rhetorical Situation" resource is now live. Many thanks to Ethan Sproat for his efforts in making this a more usable and engaging resource for our users.

Purdue Writing Lab Tour Video

April 27, 2012 9:41 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

We are pleased to announce the premiere of our long-awaited "Welcome to the Purdue Writing Lab" video. The video showcases some of the Lab's services, especially one-on-one tutorials.

Thank you to Daniel Kenzie and Mary McCall for writing, filming, and producing this video.

Purdue OWL Writing in Engineering Vidcast

April 26, 2012 3:44 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

We've added another vidcast to the Writing in Engineering playlist on the Purdue OWL YouTube Channel. The "Layering Reports: The Executive Summary - A Closer Look Part 1" is the fourth vidcast in a series about writing engineering reports.

Continued thanks to Zachery Koppelmann and the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering for their work on the vidcasts.

Purdue OWL Invention and Prewriting Vidcast

March 1, 2012 2:28 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

We have added another vidcast to our vidcast series based on the Purdue OWL Podcasts. Check out the "Invention and Prewriting" vidcast by content developer Katie Trauth Taylor

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

22nd Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy

February 18, 2012 9:22 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

2012 22nd Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy benefiting the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA) - Saturday, February 25, 1:00 PM at Sunnyside Middle School

Pronouncer: the 2008 National Spelling Bee Champion, Sameer Mishra. Teams of three will compete to win prizes, but more importantly, to have fun helping support LARA and literacy in the greater-Lafayette area. Sponsors include: The Journal and Courier, Wal-Mart, PEFCU, Caterpillar, Sam's Club, Roeing Corporation, Lafayette Copier, Instant Copy, Horace Mann, and the Bison Financial Group.

The deadline for team registration is February 17, 2012. Contact the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy for more information: 765-476-2920.

Purdue OWL New Writing in Engineering Vidcast

February 16, 2012 2:36 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

We've uploaded a new vidcast to our Writing in Engineering playlist. Check out the latest vidcast, "Layering Reports: The Executive Summary 1," to learn more about writing executive summaries in engineering reports.

Thanks to content developer Zachery Koppelmann for his continued work on the Writing in Engineering vidcasts.

Two New Purdue OWL YouTube Channel Vidcasts

January 31, 2012 2:10 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

Check out the two latest vidcasts, "MLA Formatting: The Basics" and "Introduction to Rhetoric."  The "MLA Formatting" vidcast is the first in our MLA and APA style and formatting series, and the "Introduction to Rhetoric" vidcast is the first in a series of three vidcasts based on the Purdue OWL Podcasts.

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

Thanks to content developers Beth Jones, Gina Hurley, and Katie Trauth Taylor for their work on these vidcasts. Stay tuned for more of their work on these series!

Purdue Writing Lab Spring 2012 Brown Bag Schedule

January 24, 2012 3:59 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The Writing Lab offers a series of Brown Bag workshops for English 106, 106i, and 108 instructors to share pedagogical strategies and materials for the composition classrooms. All workshops are free and take place in the Writing Lab (Heavilon 226). Here is the Spring 2012 Brown Bag schedule:

Thursday, January 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Tuesday, January 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Attribution, Citation, and Plagiarism
Thursday, February 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Fostering Class Discussions (Jeremy Cushman)
Thursday, February 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Primary Research (Mary McCall)
Thursday, February 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Using Websites (Emily Legg & Adam Strantz)
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Teaching Portfolios & Doing Composition Research (Emily Legg & Adam Strantz)
Thursday, March 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Video projects (Jeremy Cushman)
Thursday, March 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Grading Practices
Thursday, April 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Reflection, Evaluation, and Portfolios (Ashley Watson)
Thursday, April 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m. / Wednesday, April 11, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Writing Showcase Information and Preparation
Thursday, April 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Second Language Writing in 106

For more information, please contact the the ICaP-ENGL 106 Liaison Patti Poblete or the Writing Lab Associate Director Tammy Conard-Salvo.

Purdue Writing Lab Spring 2012 In-Lab Workshops

January 20, 2012 3:42 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

 The Purdue Writing Lab offers free workshops for all Purdue students, staff, and faculty interested in learning about and getting hands-on practice with different aspects of writing. No sign-up is required; just come as go as needed. All workshops are held in the Writing Lab, Heavilon Hall 226.

Monday, January 30, 1:00-2:00 p.m.: "Online Research: Finding and Evaluating Sources"

You know the information is out there—you’re just not sure how to get to it. We can help! Improve your Internet savvy with an interactive tour of the tips, tricks, and tools of the academic research trade. Yes, you can find relevant and reliable sources on the web. 

Tuesday, February 14, 1:00-2:30 p.m.: "The Research Paper: Developing and Organizing Research"

You have a topic. You may even have some sources. What you don’t have is a research paper that will write and arrange itself! Join us for hands-on activities and discussion that will help you learn to complement, extend, expand, and complicate claims in ways that clearly satisfy assignment goals.

Wednesday, February 29, 2:00-3:00 p.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.

Monday, March 26, 1:00-2:30 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. 

Tuesday, March 27, 1:00-2:30 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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: "Learning to Write in English: Spotlight on Grammar and Punctuation"

The words “grammar,” “punctuation,” and “fun” don’t often end up in the same sentence, but knowing the standard uses of the marks and signs of English syntax will help you write more effectively and efficiently; therefore, join us for a low-stress, peer-group discussion and hands-on practice identifying and correcting those all-too-common mechanical errors.

For more information, contact the Writing Lab Workshop Coordinator, Jessica Clements.


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