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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). To subscribe to the RSS feed, click on "RSS 2.0" on the left sidebar.

The OWL Partners with OpenStudy


July 6, 2011 7:40 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL is pleased to announce its partnership with OpenStudy, a social learning network that answers subject-specific questions, including questions about writing. OpenStudy users, whose reliability is rated by other users, answer submitted questions. You may submit a question to OpenStudy by clicking on the “OpenStudy” button on the social networking toolbar found on the bottom of every OWL page.

You may still submit writing-related questions to the OWL Mail Tutors, who will respond to your questions. OpenStudy may provide more immediate feedback, which will be provided by other OpenStudy users.


Two New Vidcasts


June 14, 2011 3:30 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The Purdue OWL YouTube Channel offers two more vidcasts: "The Semicolon: Parts 1, 2, and 3" and "An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum." Both vidcasts were developed by content developer Zachery Koppelmann. Happy viewing, and stay tuned for more additions!


On Teaching Online's Podcast Interview with the OWL Coordinator


June 1, 2011 11:31 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

Eric Wignall and Staci Treckles of On Teaching Online, a website committed to collecting and promoting online teaching resources, interviewed OWL Coordinator Elizabeth Angeli. In the interview, Elizabeth discusses the OWL, current projects in development, and OWL resources users may find helpful for teaching online.

Click here to listen to the podcast. Thanks to Eric and Staci for their time and interest in the OWL!


Mechanical Engineering Resources


April 21, 2011 6:26 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The newest section on the OWL contains resources for Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering Writing Enhancement Program. While these resources are written for mechanical engineering students at Purdue, students and teachers across many fields may find the resources on semicolons and memo writing useful.

The OWL extends many thanks to Zachery Koppelmann and the Purdue University School of Engineering for making these resources possible for Purdue students and OWL users around the world.


Purdue OWL YouTube Channel


April 21, 2011 6:18 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL is pleased to announce the creation of the Purdue OWL YouTube Channel. Currently, the YouTube Channel houses six vidcasts: a three-part series on semicolons and a three-part series on writing memos in the engineering field. Stay tuned for more videos! 


American Sociological Association Resources Updated


April 21, 2011 1:58 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL's American Sociological Association (ASA) resources have been updated to reflect the changes in the ASA Style Guide 4th edition. Click here to view the updated resources.

The OWL would like to thank Deborah Coe for her work on these resources.


New Chicago Manual of Style Sample Papers and PowerPoint Presentations


April 3, 2011 8:07 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL is pleased to announce its newest resources to the Chicago Manual of Style section.

Many thanks to content developer Jessica Clements for her work on the projects.


Tecumseh Junior High School Essay Contest 2011


March 23, 2011 2:58 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

Once again, Writing Lab consultants and Associate Director Tammy Conard-Salvo worked with Dave Hobbs at Tecumseh Junior High School in Lafayette, Indiana, to judge entries for an essay contest. Mr. Hobbs began this contest as a way to encourage seventh and eighth grade students to think more positively about writing and to help prepare them for Indiana’s ISTEP exam. 

Students at Tecumseh are asked to respond to an essay prompt similar to what they might encounter when taking the ISTEP.  Writing Lab “judges” read more than 90 essays and selected winners in both grades, as well as an overall winner. 

Winners for 2011 are as follows:

Click here to see a picture of this year's winners.

The following graduate consultants, who are also teaching assistants in the Department of English, served as judges this year:

The following undergraduate consultants also served as judges this year:


For more information about Tecumseh Junior High, please visit http://www.lsc.k12.in.us/schools/Tecumseh/Tecumseh.htm


2011 21st Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy


February 2, 2011 6:02 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The 2011 20th Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy benefiting the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA) is on Saturday, February 26, 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, Old National Bank, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, PEFCU, Caterpillar, Roeing Corporation, Lafayette Copier, Instant Copy, and Bison Financial Group.

The deadline for registration is February 18, 2011, and the entry fee is $30. Contact the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy for more information about registration and contributions: 765-476-2920.


Welcome to the Purdue OWL News RSS Feed


January 24, 2011 11:00 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

We have discontinued our Purdue OWL News email distribution system. Therefore, Purdue OWL News subscribers will no longer receive emails from Purdue OWL News.

We will continue posting news here on our RSS feed. If you would like to continue receiving updates about the Purdue OWL and the Purdue Writing Lab, click here to subscribe to the Purdue OWL News RSS feed.

You may also visit the Purdue OWL News page to view updates from the Purdue OWL and Purdue Writing Lab.


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