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Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

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Provides online tutoring, handouts, and interactive PowerPoint presentations on writing-related topics (incl. ESL).
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Date Added to MERLOT: May 05, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 05, 2016
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Primary Audience: College General Ed, Graduate School, Professional
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Language: English
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Avatar for Stephanie Maher Palenque
1 year ago

Stephanie Maher Palenque (Faculty)

This site is a very valuable resource that I have used in both my online and face-to-face classrooms. This site may be used by instructors and students alike.
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Avatar for shihua li
1 year ago

shihua li (Faculty)

This website can be used by teachers as a reference when preparing writing lesson. The website is well organized and it is easy to navigate. The information on the website is organized around important topics that are covered in writing classes. Students can also use this website as a source for self-study. 

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Avatar for Cason Smith
3 years ago

Cason Smith (Student)

This is a remarkable online resource. Allows you to easily access information and download functional templates you can use right away. Can be a little complex, but for the beginning college research, it is indispensable.

Avatar for Dong HE
8 years ago

Dong HE (Faculty)

First visit at this site,very nice and useful for both teachers and their studnets.Thank you so much for your kind donation!!
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Avatar for Jay Holden
8 years ago

Jay Holden (Staff)

I really enjoyed reviewing this writing resource material after I was referred to it by our University's writing assistance department. I have since used it in my classroom and students have reported feedback that they found it very worthwhile as well. Overall a great tool for anyone with writing questions from reference style to writing style support.
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Avatar for Patti DiMond
10 years ago

Patti DiMond (Faculty)

I use this site repeatedly in freshman and sophomore level classes. Students
find it easy to navigate and the site has a myriad of materials helpful for
students, from grammar handouts to writing research papers.

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Students have told me they like this site because it is not only helpful but
also very easy to "get around."
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Avatar for Julie Fitchet
13 years ago

Julie Fitchet (Student)

The site entitled OWL -Online Writing Lab is an amazing site of technical
writing assistance to students and facility. There is no requirement or
prerequisite for the use of this site. It provides the user with a wide array
of information and services. It is easily navigated and offers a vast
repository of writing services. After exploration of this site, I found that
the offerings extend much further than I could have expected. It is not only a
writing resource, but also offers assistance with computer programs such as
PowerPoint, and APA Style, resume writing and research paper assistance.
Information covered on this site goes beyond basic grammar, punctuation and
spelling; it offers professional services such as Writing Across the Curriculum,
Teacher Assistance (material, handouts, etc.), ESL, as well as, Internet links
for additional resources. This is an amazing site, I would highly recommend to
anyone with problems or even general questions in regard to the implementation
and use of the English language.

Avatar for   Schneider
14 years ago

Schneider (Faculty)

I only did for about ten minutes looking at ESL specific area. I have come to
this site before for writing resume for more advanced students. That was more
general area. It was really obvious from the beginning this was a good

ESL handouts materials are the ones that we should all have, but don't always
have access to. In my school, schools supply textbooks and they don't have too
much reference materials in that particular book. The school can't afford to
buy better books with more meat. Ironic, but reality. So this is collection of
handouts is immensely valuable.

Materials seem to be picked according to the needs of ESL classes. ABE (Adult
and Basic Education) programs normally are run with slim budget, any teacher and
any program can have more suppliment materials. I try to organize a class by
theme and when the need arises for grammar or specific points in details, the
materials presented here work really well.

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I like the simple interface and JavaScript menu works well. On top of reference
materials, there are exercises to accompany. They also supply printer friendly
HTML version and PDF to download and print. That is nice.