The Online Writing Lab

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab, the Purdue OWL, offers valuable resources for both students and instructors. Visit their sitemap for a list of all the topics. They have informative pages for students about everything from outlining and organizing to mechanics and grammar.  Students may also benefit from completing some of the OWL Exercises on apostrophes, commas, sentence fragments, sentence structure, eliminating wordiness, paraphrasing, or one of the many other exercises available.

The OWL also offers resources for faculty.  Visit the list of downloadable PowerPoint presentations you can have your students view or that you can present in class. If you download the presentation rather than viewing the slides on the webpage, you can read the presenter’s script. I’m considering having my Simpson Colloquium students view the Peer Review Presentation before we engage in an in-class peer review session.  I’ll also have them look at the APA PowerPoint Slide Presentation, although others are likely to prefer the MLA 2009 Slide Presentation.


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