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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 Mail Tutors Service Winter Hiatus

December 10, 2013 7:20 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

As the Purdue Writing Lab will be closed for Winter Break (December 12th - January 13th), the Purdue OWL Mail Tutors service will be on hiatus during the winter holiday. When the service returns in January, messages will be answered in the order in which they were received.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

The Purdue Writing Lab Prepares for Winter Break

December 10, 2013 7:18 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

ATTN: Purdue University Community, West Lafayette

The Purdue Writing Lab, located in room 226 of Heavilon Hall, is preparing for Winter Break. As part of this preparation, all satellite locations are now closed. The Purdue Writing Lab will be open until Wednesday of Finals Week; it will then close for the duration for Winter Break. 

Both the Purdue Writing Lab and its Satellite Locations will reopen after the start of the Spring 2014 semester, on January 13th, 2014. 

The Purdue OWL 20th Anniversary Collection

November 23, 2013 9:51 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

This spring, the Purdue OWL will formally begin celebrating its 20th anniversary. For twenty years, the Purdue OWL has been providing writing support and instruction to writers from all over the globe. 

To commemorate this event, we will be launching a number of resources dedicated specifically to our 20th Anniversary. These will be coming online throughout the next year. To start, we've launched two new resources. The first is a retrospecitve PowerPoint deck that was shown during our Fall Open House event. This presentation has contributions from a number of OWL administrators past and present. 

The second resource that is currently live is a short vidcast. This vidcast is part of an hour-long sit down conversation with current Purdue OWL staff and founder of the Purdue OWL, Dr. Muriel Harris. 

Additional resources will be added in the coming year. 

To access these resources, click here

Purdue OWL Personal Letter Writing and Newsletters

November 11, 2013 3:11 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that new resources have come online. These resources focus on general personal letter writing and on newsletter writing. The resource for personal letters can be found here. The resource for newsletters can be found here

The Purdue OWL would like to thank content coordinator Joshua M. Paiz and content developer Ghada Gherwash for their contributions to this resource. 

Purdue OWL Exercises

November 4, 2013 12:30 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

In response to changing needs from our users, we have removed the Purdue OWL exercises as a main item link. If you would like to access the Purdue OWL Exercises, please click here

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.

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