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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.

New Purdue OWL Healthcare Writing Resource--SOAP Notes


December 15, 2015 9:44 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the a new healthcare writing resource, "SOAP Notes." This resource provides information on SOAP Notes, which are a clinical documentation format used in a range of healthcare fields. This resource can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developers Lily Hsu and Fernando Sánchez for their work on this resource.


New Purdue OWL Vidcast--Chicago Style: The Basics


October 22, 2015 10:52 am
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest vidcast, "Chicago Style: The Basics." This vidcast covers the basics of formatting a document in Chicago style, including spacing, margins, headers, and use of notes. Future vidcasts will go into further detail about Chicago's notes system. This vidcast can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Arielle McKee for her work on this vidcast.


New Purdue OWL Grammar Resource: Reflexive Pronouns


October 8, 2015 9:42 am
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest grammar resource, "Reflexive Pronouns." This resource distinguishes between correct and incorrect usages of reflexive pronouns, with examples. It can be accessed by clicking here

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Eugene Charles McGregor Boyle III for his work on this resource.


New Vidcast: How Do You Prepare for a Visit to the Purdue Writing Lab?


October 7, 2015 3:20 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce a new vidcast, "How Do You Prepare for a Visit to the Purdue Writing Lab?" which can be accessed by clicking here.

This vidcast includes interview footage of tutees explaining how they prepare for their appointments a the Writing Lab in order to get the most out of their sessions. The vidcast was produced by Daniel Liddle, with production consultation from Vicki Kennell and videography by Erin Cromer, Carrie Kancilia, and Priya Sirohi. We thank them for their work on this vidcast, which will be the first in a series of five.


The Purdue Writing Lab Welcomes a New Director


August 19, 2015 3:42 pm
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue Writing Lab is excited to welcome Harry Denny as its new Director and as Associate Professor of English. For the last nine years, Dr. Denny was faculty director of the University Writing Center at St. John's University in New York City. Under his leadership, that writing center, along with the university's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, were recognized as Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC) Writing Programs of Excellence in 2014. Before St. John's, he directed the writing center at Stony Brook University (SUNY). Harry's research focuses on composition studies, writing center theory and practice, cultural studies and research methods. His research also analyzes the rhetoric of social movements and identity politics, particularly around LGBTQ issues at the intersection of race, economic class and institutional or systemic oppression. Harry's first monograph, Facing the Center: Towards an Identity Politics of One-to-one Mentoring (Utah State University Press), explores how sociocultural dynamics impact the everyday interaction of writing conferences. His co-authored article with Anne Ellen Geller, "Of Lady Bugs, Low Status and Loving the Job," published in Writing Center Journal, won the Best Article Award from the International Writing Centers Association in 2014. Currently, he's at work on cross-institutional research on first-generation/working-class students and their experiences with writing centers and higher education. He's also developing a manuscript exploring the rhetoric of contemporary civil rights, and a collection of essays about marginal identities in the writing center. Harry received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Temple University in Rhetoric and Communication. He also holds an M.A. in sociology from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa.


New Purdue OWL Literary Criticism Resources - Critical Race Theory and Literary Terms


August 18, 2015 11:34 am
By Daniel Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest literary criticism resources, Literary Terms and Critical Race Thery. The Literary Terms resource provides a glossary of terminology important to literary criticism and can be accessed by clicking here. The Critical Race Theory resource gives an overview of key ideas and questions in this approach, along with suggestions for further reading, and can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Elizabeth Boyle for her work on both of these resources.


New Purdue OWL ESL Resource


May 22, 2015 11:01 am
By Dan Kenzie

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest ESL resource, "Sentence Clarity: Nominalizations and Subject Position," with exercises. This resource explains nominalizations and sentence position as they relate to sentence clarity. It can be accessed by clicking here

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Erin Brock for her work on this resource.


New Purdue OWL Literary Criticism Resource - Ecocriticism


May 22, 2015 10:07 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest literary criticism resource, the Ecocriticism resource. This resource introduces the reader to the ecocriticism approach, and provides a list of suggested further reading. It can be accessed by clicking here

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Libby Chernouski for her work on this resource. 


New Purdue OWL Creative Writing Resource - Poetry Invention


April 29, 2015 10:00 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest creative writing resource, the Poetry Invention resource and activities handout. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for creating and developing new poems. It can be accessed by clicking here. The 6 activities connected to this resource help the poetry writer develop a poem by engaging in activities such as: writing into an image, engaging in a personal history, or through erasing an existing passage of text.

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer McKinley Murphy for her work on this resource. 


New Purdue OWL Professional Writing Resource - Stakeholder Considerations


April 23, 2015 12:52 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional writing resource, the Considering Your Stakeholders resource and activity handout. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for approaching audience considerations in professional writing contexts. It can be accessed by clicking here

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Developer Anthony J. Sutton for his work on this resource. 


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