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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 OWL Vidcasts Closed Captioning

November 4, 2013 11:37 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that select vidcasts on our OWL@Purdue YouTube page have been closed captioned. The following videos have received closed captioning: 

Additional videos will be closed captioned in the future, as we continue to strive towards increasing the usability of the Purdue OWL for all of our uers. 

We would like to thank content developer Patrick Love for his efforts on this project.

Purdue OWL to Receive Award for Contributions to Open Education

October 23, 2013 11:13 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

Today, the Purdue OWL was awarded one of two 2013 Purdue Open Access Awards for contributions to open education around the world. We are pleased and humbled to be honored in such a way. 

Purdue OWL Archival Research

October 6, 2013 3:15 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of research related resources. These resources introduce the user to conducting archival research. This includes best practices for conducitng archival research, as well as possible citation standards. To visit these resources, click here.

We would like to thank content developers Michael Maune, Nicholas Marino, and Gina Hurley for the efforts on this resource.

YouTube: Purdue OWL 20th Anniversary Vidcast

October 4, 2013 7:04 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest vidcast, the Purdue OWL 20th Anniversary Vidcast: Open House Version. In this vidcast, the faculty of the Purdue Writing Lab and the graduate staff of the Purdue OWL sat down for a conversation the Purdue OWL's creator, Professor Emerita Muriel Harris. In this vidcast, the discussants talk about some of the high points of the OWL and its evolution over the past twenty years. 

This version was created for the Purdue OWL's 20th Anniversary Fall Open House, which was held on September 27th, 2013 at the Purdue University Writing Lab.

You can view this special vidcast by clicking here. Also, keep an eye on the Purdue OWL news feed for other exciting 20th anniversary announcements.


The Purdue OWL would like to thank content developer Dan Liddle for compiling this vidcast and writing lab tutor Karen Feiner for acting as videographer. A special thanks to Professor Emerita Muriel Harris, writing lab director Linda Bergmann, writing lab associate director Tammy Conard-Salvo, Purdue OWL Technical coordinator Caitlan Spronk, and content developer Gracemarie Mike for participating in the discussion. 

OWL Homecoming Open House - Tomorrow!

September 26, 2013 9:56 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

Place: The Purdue Writing Lab - Heavilon 226

Time: Friday, September 27th, 2013 1:30 - 3:30

Since 1994, the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) has helped writers from the PurdueUniversity and the Greater Lafayette Community to those across the US and the Globe. ThePurdue OWL has allowed Purdue University to increase its global presence and to advance itsacademic mission by aiding writers with things ranging from comma usage to proper MLA andAPA citation. Last year, we served over 240,000,000 pages to users from all seven continents.

Come join us as we begin to celebrate our 20th anniversary and meet some of the people thathave helped make the OWL a world-class writing resource.

Light refreshements will be served.

Purdue OWL Outage

September 26, 2013 9:56 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL staff is aware that there were accessibility issues with the Purdue OWL yesterday. This was do to a server migration. We do apologize for any inconvience that may have been experienced during our downtime. This mirgation will allow the Purdue OWL to better serve its global users. 

Purdue OWL in the News

September 24, 2013 6:42 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

Yesterday, the Purdue OWL was featured in Purdue Today, Purdue University's publicly accessible daily newsletter for Purdue University faculty and staff. The news story discusses a recent retrospecitve conversation between former writing lab director Muriel Harris, current director Linda Bergmann, associate director Tammy Conard-Salvo and other members of the Purdue OWL staff. 

To read the full story, click here

OWL Homecoming Open House

September 21, 2013 1:06 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

Place: The Purdue Writing Lab - Heavilon 226

Time: Friday, September 27th, 2013 1:30 - 3:30

Since 1994, the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) has helped writers from the Purdue University and the Greater Lafayette Community to those across the US and the Globe. The Purdue OWL has allowed Purdue University to increase its global presence and to advance its academic mission by aiding writers with things ranging from comma usage to proper MLA and APA citation. Last year, we served over 240,000,000 pages to users from all seven continents.

Come join us as we begin to celebrate our 20th anniversary and meet some of the people that have helped make the OWL a world-class writing resource.

Light refreshements will be served.

Giving to the Purdue OWL

September 16, 2013 12:01 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

Over the past two decades, the kindess of our users enabled us to more efficiently complete our mission of delivering quality writing resources to writers all over the globe. Recently, we've received a number of requests to make it easier to make a give to the Purdue OWL. We're very pleased to announce that we have finally been able to respond to these requests. You can now make a tax-free gift to the Purdue OWL completely online. For more information, click here

Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2013 ESL Conversation Groups

August 22, 2013 9:56 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

We are pleased to announce that the topics for the weekly ESL conversation groups have been posted. You can see the scheduled topics by clicking here

If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, our Lab's conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary. The conversation groups are also a great way to meet other Purdue community members, share perspectives and experience, and learn more about other cultures.

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