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Spotlight Resources


This page provides a record of every page that has been featured in the "Spotlight Resource" section on the OWL's front page. Resources are dated in reverse chronological order (most recent first).


Oct. 10, 2019:  Many thanks to the OWL's Maggie Myers for starting our Style Manual Glossary. This resource explains the research, citation, and style terminology you've always wanted to learn, but were too afraid to ask about. Look for additional entries to be added in the future!

Oct. 1, 2019:  The OWL Vidcast series has recently adopted a new format, and we've got two new videos to show it off! In our first new video, Bianca explains the tricky grammatical concept of Parallel Structure. Then, Gabriel, the newest member of the OWL family, takes the helm in our first video targeted at English language learners: Learning English Grammar: Singular/Plural Oddities.

Sep. 11, 2019:  OWL content developers have been hard at work this summer editing our citation guides to ensure their accuracy. They've also written some new material to fill in a few small gaps we found. For instance, developer Mac Boyle has penned a brand-new resource on Bluebook citation practices, which the Chicago Manual of Style recommends for legal sources. Thanks, Mac!

Aug. 28, 2019:  The OWL offers its heartfelt gratitude to grad student Katie McMorris for her transformative work on our "Evaluating Sources" section of the site. The new resources here cover how to judge digital sources of information, how to avoid unreliable or propagandistic sources, and much, much more.

Jul. 23, 2019: We are very, very proud to announce the launch of our brand-new citation resources for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) style! Learn to structure papers, cite sources, format tables, and more according to IEEE guidelines. Our sincerest thanks to grad student Mac Boyle for these wonderful new pages.

Jul. 8, 2019: Online researchers rejoice: this new guide from Maddie Gehling offers a helpful "FYI" on URLs and DOIs!

Jun. 17, 2019: School may be out for summer, but OWL developers are still hard at work! Enjoy our now-completed World Englishes subsection (care of grad student Shyam Panday). These pages provide theoretical foundations, real-world examples, and practical classroom applications of World Englishes concepts, making them a great read for teachers.

Apr. 25, 2019: Enjoy today's new OWL Conversation, in which Dr. Margie Berns gives a primer on the field of World Englishes, as well as this written introduction to the field. Thanks to grad student Shyam Pandey for both of these new resources. You can also access the video on our YouTube channel.

Apr. 16, 2019: We have another double feature to share! Enjoy two new pieces from grad student Kylie Regan: this sample film scene analysis (a brand new piece for the site) and this revamped list of exercises to beat writer's block.

Apr. 2, 2019: It's a double featurewe have two new vidcasts to share! In the first, Bianca explains the misunderstandings that can result from dangling modifiers as well as how to avoid them. In the second, Mason offers more writing motivation help in a companion piece to his Feb. 19 video.

Mar. 28, 2019: Creative writers: breathe life into your stories with our new resource on writing compelling characters. This article—graduate student Carey Compton's first contribution to the site—is full of helpful examples to guide you.

Mar. 22, 2019: Learn to write stronger arguments using the influential ideas of British philosopher Stephen Toulmin in our new article on the Toulmin model for argumentation. Credit to Erin McNulty for this wonderful piece.

Mar. 7, 2019: The OWL is proud to announce the launch of a new semiregular feature: OWL Conversations. These are editorial pieces that aim to stimulate conversation about the ways we teach, discuss, and perform the work of writing. In our inaugural conversation, Erin McNulty debunks the myths that often seem to define popular ideas about what it means to be a "good writer." 

Feb. 28, 2019: Stuck on a difficult writing project? Not sure how to proceed? Consult our revamped Writer's Block help resource (written by Kylie Regan last fall) for ideas that can help you get the creative juices flowing.

Feb. 19, 2019: Check out the third of eight new OWL vidcasts scheduled for this semester, which is written by (and stars) the OWL's Mason Pellegrini! This video (part of a two-video series) describes how to prepare for a writing assignment in ways that make staying motivated a breeze. 

Feb. 1, 2019: Enjoy the second of eight new OWL vidcasts scheduled for this semester! In this video, Alejandra sheds light on the differences between active and passive voice in hopes of explaining why teachers seem to hate the latter one so much—except for when they don't.

Jan. 22, 2019: Introducing the first of eight new OWL vidcasts set to debut in Spring 2019! In this video, Libby addresses one of the more frustrating mysteries related to common writing assignments: why isn't there a single unified system for citations?

Jan. 15, 2019: The OWL is very proud to announce the soft launch of our new engineering documentation series of articles (penned by Purdue's own Ashish Patel). The first two articles in this series discuss the conceptual and preliminary design stages of an engineering project, during which engineers document the project's purpose and specifications. This series will conclude in Spring 2019.


Dec. 10, 2018: Visit our new Chicago Overview and Workshop page, which provides a quick crash course on the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) and directs visitors to medium-specific citation resources. Thanks to graduate student Maggie Myers for this much-needed update, which brings the navigation architecture of our Chicago resources in line with our MLA and APA resources.

Nov. 26, 2018: Learn to argue like the greatest ancient orators in our new piece on classical argumentation by Kaden Milliren from the Purdue English Department. This resource uses Aristotle's instructions to orators in his On Rhetoric to build a robust structure for persuasive argument.

Nov. 7, 2018: Check out our brand-new article on film writing by Kylie Regan from the Purdue English Department. In this resource, you'll learn how to write about the visual choices that directors make to craft cinematic masterpieces.