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Introduction

Welcome to the Research area of the Purdue OWL. This section houses scholarship and research - past and present - on OWLs. Please check back as we continue to expand this section.

Welcome to the Research area of the Purdue OWL. This section houses scholarship and research - past and present - on OWLs in general and about the Purdue OWL specifically. Please check back as we continue to expand this section. We're always looking to update this bibliography with annotations of additional scholarship. Acknowledgement of authorship will be given to all published annotations. New submissions (in MLA format) can be sent to the Purdue OWL Coordinator.

Background

The goal of the Research area of the Purdue OWL is to provide visitors and scholars with more information about work in theory and research that contributes to literacy resources accessed by millions of global users every year. This research section aligns with the open sources ideology that drives Purdue OWL work, and it reflects the land-grant state university mission imbued in Purdue's identity.

We believe this section also answers the call from scholars like Davida Charney (“Empiricism is Not a Four-Letter Word” 1996) and Richard Haswell (“NCTE/CCCC’s Recent War on Scholarship” 2005) who underscore the value of empirical work in rhetoric and composition studies. We hope that this information assists in the development of other online literacy resources and that it fosters more research in writing. Moreover, we hope the section begins to build a history of OWLs and OWL scholarship that needs to be documented and shared.