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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 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. 


American Sociological Association Updates


November 20, 2014 11:00 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

Pardon our dust. Recently, the American Sociological Association (ASA) released the 5th edition of their style guide. The Purdue OWL staff is currently working towards updating our ASA content to reflect the changes (relatively few) and expansions to ASA style. We anticipate that we will have this completed on or before 25 November 2014. Thank you for your patience as we update this resource. 


Purdue OWL: PowerPoint Updates, Part 2


November 11, 2014 1:02 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the second round of updates to ourPowerPoint resources are complete and now live on the Purdue OWL. In this round of updated, the following resources have been moved to our new template, as well as having received other visual and minor content updates:

Problem Statements

MLA 7th Edition Formatting and Style Guide

APA Formatting and Style Guide

Planning and Organizing Technical Reports

Document Design and Presentation

Conciseness of Language: Further Applications

Visual Rhetoric for Student Writers

Developing Your Résumé

Teaching Writing to Science Undergraduates: A Workshop for Instructors of Introductory Science Courses

Introduction to Color Theory: Color & Rhetorical Purpose

Field Research: Conducting an Interview

Crossing the Finish Line: Writing a Job Acceptance Letter

Writing Scientific Abstracts

Writing a Literary Analysis

Chicago’s Notes and Bibliography Formatting and Style Guide

We would like to thank content developer Arielle McKee for her efforts in updating these resources. 


Purdue OWL: PowerPoint Updates


November 4, 2014 10:20 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the first round of updates to our PowerPoint resources are complete and now live on the Purdue OWL. In this round of updated, the following resources have been moved to our new template, as well as having received other visual and minor content updates:

Teaching and Assessing Writing in the Grammar Classroom

Analytical Research Projects: Basic Elements of Analytical Research and Writing

Peer Review: Looking at Texts from a Reader's Perspective

Sentence Clarity

Organizing your Argument

Writing Lab Orientation for ESL Writers

Résumés

Scannable Résumés

The Writing Process

Invention (Pre-writing)

Effective Persuasion: Developing Persuasive Documents

Designing an Effective PowerPoint: Quick Guide

Conquering the Comma

We would like to thank content developer Veronika Maliborska for her efforts in updating these resources. 


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