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Navigating the New OWL Site

Beginning July 30, 2018, we’re excited to share the redesigned Purdue OWL. The former site (owl.english.purdue.edu) is now being directed to (owl.purdue.edu). Along with the new look and feel, the new site now scales to different media (e.g., mobile phones and tablets), and it maintains all the resources and navigation features of the former site. This page describes how to use these features to find the content you know and rely on.

Have suggestions for improvement? Let us know by visiting our Contact page.

The Collapsible Navigation Menu

This menu, which takes the form of a outline, provides links to every OWL page within a certain section. The menu expands and contract to display page links at each level of the OWL's branching structure.

If you're using a desktop, this menu appears to the left of each page's content.

This image shows the title page of a CMS paper.

The collapsible navigation menu appears on the left side of the page on desktop browsers.

However, the new site automatically moves navigation elements to fit your screen. This means that, on most mobile devices, the menu moves to the bottom of each page.

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The collapsible navigation menu moves to the bottom of the page on most mobile devices.

Clicking on an option in this menu with a triangle icon next to it will expand it to show any associated sub-pages. Clicking the same option again will collapse the menu.

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The collapsible navigation menu expands to reveal additional options with each click.

Clicking on an option without a triangle icon next to it will navigate to that page.

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Clicking a link in the collapsible navigation menu without any sub-options navigates to that page.

Site Section Links

These links, which remain the same on every page, help you navigate to different sections of the OWL site.

If you're on a desktop, these links appear above the page's content.

This image shows the title page of a CMS paper.

The site section links appear at the top of the page on desktop browsers.

On most mobile devices, you can find these links by clicking the small icon at the top of the page that looks like three horizontal lines.

This image shows the title page of a CMS paper.

The site section links are contained within a small menu at the top of the page on most mobile devices.

When you click on a certain section link, you'll be taken to the appropriate section of the site. After this, you can use the collapsible navigation menu to navigate within the section (see section above).

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Each site section link brings you to a set of pages with its own collapsible navigation menu.

Site Map

The Site Map displays a link to every single page on the OWL site. Find it by clicking "Site Map" in the list of section links (you can also navigate directly to https://owl.purdue.edu/site_map.html).

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The Site Map contains a link to every page on the OWL.

One way to find a page that you can't find with the options above is to visit the Site Map and use your browser to search for an appropriate text string in the page. The standard keyboard shortcut to do this on Windows PCs is Ctrl+F; on Macs, the shortcut is Command+F. Mobile devices usually have an option available via the browser's options menu.

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The browser's search function (sometimes called "find in page" or "search in page") can quickly find a desired string of text on a page.

For example, if you can't find our resources on commas, one way to find them is by visiting the Site Map and searching for the word "commas." Your browser will highlight that word in the page's text.

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The search string appears highlighted in the page and the browser automatically scrolls to the first instance of the search string in the text.

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Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.