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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 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. 

Purdue Online Writing Lab and Pearson Publishing Announcement

March 20, 2013 6:12 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

On March 19th, 2013, Purdue University announced the inclusion of the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) in an upcoming Pearson Publishing project, Pearson Writer, as a part of an agreement between Pearson Publishing and the Purdue Research Foundation. A portion of the official Purdue press release describes the new collaboration as follows:

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab will be included in a Pearson mobile writing resource designed for smart phones and tablets through an agreement between Purdue Research Foundation and Pearson.


The agreement allows the Purdue OWL to be included in Pearson Writer, a complete resource of curated and searchable information and guidance that includes writing, research, and content and project management tools.


Beyond the formal announcement of the inclusion of the Purdue OWL in the above-mentioned Pearson project, we would like to assure our users that this partnership does not alter the free access to the Purdue OWL that they currently enjoy. The Purdue OWL will remain an open-access writing resource, and there will be no changes to our Fair Use Policy for personal users or educational institutions.

The Purdue OWL staff will maintain control over Purdue OWL resources and will continue to strive to deliver quality instructional and practice content free of charge to our users across the globe. Again, there will be no change to the daily operations of the Purdue OWL, and it will continue to be offered with no fees to educators, writers, and learners around the world.

To read the full Purdue University Press release, click here.

Purdue Writing Lab Workshops at the CSC Descriptions Posted

February 18, 2013 2:32 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

We are pleased to announce that the topics for the Purdue Writing Lab's Writing Workshops at the Collaborative Study Center have been posted. You can access the listing by clicking here

Writing Lab Workshops are open to all current Purdue University students enrolled in classes at the West Lafayette Campus. 

Purdue Writing Lab ESL Conversation Group Topics Posted

January 18, 2013 4:53 pm
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.

Purdue OWL Outage

January 2, 2013 12:09 pm
By Joshua Paiz

This morning the Purdue OWL staff was made aware of an outage of Purdue OWL services. This was due to an equipment malfunction. Full functionality of Purdue OWL services was restored at 10:30am. A special thanks goes out to Purdue IT staff for their diligent efforts in resolving the issue. We do apologize for any inconvenience that this outage may have caused our users. 

Purdue OWL YouTube Channel White Papers

January 1, 2013 10:33 am
By Joshua Paiz

Check out our latest vidcast, "White Papers," which offers the viewer a general overview of white papers, their structure, and their roles in the professional world. 

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

Thanks to content developer Katie Trauth Taylor for her work on this project. 

Purdue OWL YouTube Channel Visual Rhetoric

January 1, 2013 9:36 am
By Joshua Paiz

Check out our latest vidcast, "Visual Rhetoric," which offers the viewer a general overview of visual rhetoric and document design considerations for a variety of modes of written discourse. 

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

Thanks to content developer Dan Liddle for his work on this project. 

Purdue Writing Lab: Collaborative Writing Workshop Announcement

November 6, 2012 1:10 pm
By Joshua Paiz

The Purdue Writing Lab is pleased to announce our next workshop at the Collaborative Learning Center in the HSSE Library. Join us for our Collaborative Writing Workshop on Tuesday, November 13 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

Workshop Description: Writing together can be thoroughly rewarding or utterly frustrating. Join us for a workshop which will help you plan, manage, develop, and troubleshoot your group project in any discipline and at any stage in the process.

Purdue OWL ESL Tips for Writing in the North American Academic Context

October 19, 2012 12:45 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of new ESL writing resources. These resources focus on issues of directness, objectivity, reasonabilityconciseness, and revision in academic writing for multilingual writers. 

We would like to thank developers Michael J. Maune and Hwanhee Park for their contributions to these resources.

Purdue OWL Graduate School Application Resource: Letters of Recommendation

October 6, 2012 9:51 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of a new addition to our section of resources dedicated to applying to graduate programs. This resource deals with handling letters of recommendation

We would like to thank developer Alisha Karabinus and coordinator Joshua M. Paiz for their contributions to this resource.

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