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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 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.


Purdue OWL Graduate School Application Resources


September 26, 2012 12:26 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of a new section of resources dedicated to applying to graduate programs. This section currently has resources which provide an overview of the application process, tips on researching potential graduate programs, and writing personal statement specifically for graduate school applications.

We would like to thank developers Nancee Reeves, Adryan Glasgow, and Fernando Sanchez for their contributions to these resources.  


Purdue OWL YouTube Channel Purdue OWL Podcasts: Introduction to Pathos


September 14, 2012 10:41 am
By Joshua Paiz

Check out our latest vidcast, "Purdue OWL Podcasts: Introduction to Pathos," the third vidcast in Purdue OWL Podcasts series.

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

Thanks to the original podcast developers Mark Hannah, Morgan Reitmeyer, Christinia Saidy, and Lars Soderland. 

Thanks, also, to content developer Katie Trauth Taylor for converting the original Podcast into a new Purdue OWL Vidcast. 


Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2012 Writing Lab Workshops


September 12, 2012 1:07 pm
By Joshua Paiz

The Purdue Writing Lab is pleased to announce its Fall 2012 Writing Lab Workshop schedule. All of the workshops are free and open to all Purdue University students, faculty, and staff. All Writing Workshops will take place in the Collaborative Study Center in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (HSSE) Library. HSSE is located on the first floor of Stewart Center on the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus. 


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