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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).

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Purdue OWL ESL/Second Language Writing Resources Update 1


June 19, 2013 11:39 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the first batch of our revised ESL/Second Language Writing resources have gone live. The resources updated in this first round are our US Higher Education: A Cultural Introduction resource and our US Higher Educaiton: Maintaining Lines of Communication resource.

These resources were originally developed by OWL Content Developer Tony Cimasko and originally updated by then OWL Content Developer Joshua M. Paiz.

The Purdue OWL staff would like to extend our warmest thanks to OWL Content Developer Ghada M. Gherwash for her efforts in revising these resources and in making them more appropriate to students of a wider range of proficiencies.


Purdue OWL Grant Writing


June 14, 2013 9:32 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource focused on grant writing. These resource provide a general introduction to grant writing, as well as tips and strategies for specificity and clarity in writing. These resources are accessible here.

The Purdue OWL Staff would like to thank developer Dennis Koyama for his contribution to the OWL.  


Purdue OWL YouTube Channel: Vidcasts for Second Language Writers and Writing


June 10, 2013 11:34 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL staff is pleased to announce the launch of a new vidcast series on our OWL@Purdue YouTube page, the Second Language Writers and Writing playlist. The first three videos in this playlist take on issues of audience that are faced by second language writers. The audience vidcast series is comprised of an introduction and overview, tips on how to incorporate audience into your writing, and writing for audience in U.S. academic settings

We would like to thank developers Gracemarie Mike and Daniel Liddle for their contributions to this vidcast series. 


Purdue Writing Lab Summer Workshops


April 30, 2013 5:54 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue Writing Lab is pleased to announce our summer workshop schedule. These workshops are open to students currently enrolled at the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus. All workshops will take place in the Writing Lab, 226 Heavilon Hall. For more information, click here


Purdue OWL Outage


April 29, 2013 6:50 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

On Sunday, April 28, 2013 at approximately 8:30am, Purdue OWL staff became aware of a back-end issue that severely limited Purdue OWL functionality. Purdue OWL staff partnered with Purdue University's IT department to correct the error. As of 6:30am on Monday, April 29, 2013, functionality has been restored.

We do sincerly apologize for any inconvenience that this technical issue may have caused you.

Many thanks to our technical coordinator, Caitlin Spronk, and to ITaP staff for working to bring the Purdue OWL back online.


Purdue OWL ESL Writing Resources: Key Words and Concepts for Writing in North American Colleges


April 25, 2013 7:12 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the expansion of our ESL writing resources. The expansion includes resources designed to help ESL writers with the sometimes difficult meta-language regarding writing in North American colleges and universities. The expanded material can be accessed by clicking here

Thanks to content developer Heejung Kwon for her contribution to this resource.


Purdue OWL SURF Workshop Resources: Designing Scientific Research Posters


April 22, 2013 3:37 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the expansion of our SURF workshop resources. The expansion includes resources on designing scientific research posters. The expanded material can be accessed by clicking here

Thanks to content developers Daniel Kenzie and Mary McCall for their contributions to these resources.


Purdue OWL Undergraduate Application Resources Expansion


April 8, 2013 9:54 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the expansion of our Undergraduate Application resources. The expansion includes resources on a wide range of topics, from writing the application essay, to handling the application process. The expanded material can be accessed by clicking here

Thanks to content developer Fernando Sánchez for his contribution to these resources. 


Purdue OWL YouTube Channel APA References Lists: A More Detailed Explanation


April 8, 2013 8:15 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

Check out our latest vidcast, "APA References Lists: A More Detailed Explanation," which offers the viewer a more in-depth brief of APA style references lists and their formatting.

For a full listing of vidcasts, visit the Purdue OWL Vidcasts resource or the Purdue OWL YouTube Channel

Thanks to content developers Beth Jones and Gina Hurley for their work on this project. 


Purdue Online Writing Lab Resource Relocation Notice


March 22, 2013 7:48 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

At present, the Purdue OWL houses two sets of ESL resources, those under the main OWL and those under our engagement section. The engagement ESL resources were originally created for the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA), and they were originally designed for students at an intermediate language proficiency. 

After much deliberation, the Purdue OWL staff has decided to move the engagement section ESL resources and to merge them with the ESL resources on the main section of the OWL. This decision was made because we feel that this will increase the accessibility of these resources, making the available to a wider audience. 

On May 10, 2013, the ESL resources and exercises in the engagement section will be taken down and will only be accessible from the ESL section on the OWL. To assist users in making the change over, we have placed links on the engagment page pointing to these resources' new home. 


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