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Many of us assume that we should be able to write well without much effort. The truth is that almost everyone feels anxious about writing and that nearly everyone's writing needs objective feedback and positive reinforcement. The Online Writing Lab is one place to get that kind of assistance. Writing involves many steps: Writing is time consuming and sometimes frustrating. Our suggestions for receiving the best help from this Online Writing Lab include: Students frequently assume that flawless punctuation equals fine writing.

Effective writing means good ideas are carefully explained. Our interest in serving students is to help you express ideas strongly and clearly. We are not a proofreading or editing service; we are trained consultants - experienced writers - who would like to help you do your best. If you are unable to retreive web content in an accessible format please contact ability. Self-register for the OWL, one time only.

Describe your assignment using the survey provided. Drop your work in the D2L dropbox. Receive feedback from a trained tutor two business days later. Meet with a tutor in D2L using the Collaborate tool optional. Tell us about your experience optional. Revise and improve your writing. Visit the OWL whenever you'd like writing feedback. Marguerite D'Youville, who always gave generously of her time and resources, the College has chosen to share its Online Writing Lab with anyone who finds it useful.

It is set up so you or your students can read the instructional presentations on any area of writing and independently complete the exercises online. So, no matter who you are or what your writing problem is, you can find individual help right here.

How exactly can it help me? Let's say you attend a high school or a college other than D'Youville, and your instructor has told you that you need help with fragments.

Instead of hiring a private tutor, you can click on the index and then click on "fragments," and you can read the brief instructional presentations on fragments which include examples of what a fragment is. Then you can practice identifying fragments, distinguishing fragments from complete sentences, and changing fragments to complete sentences by clicking on Exercise 1 or 2. After completing each exercise, you can check your answers correct answers are the buttons that light up in green.

By the time you are finished, you will have learned what a fragment is and how to correct one, and then you can apply that knowledge to your own writing assignments. What is the best way to use the Online Writing Lab?

First, find the area in which you need help. Then click on that area and just follow the directions. It's as simple as that. Whom do I contact if I have questions? If you have a question about any of the instructional presentations, exercises, or answers, e-mail Mary Applegate at applegat dyc.

We cannot respond to every email inquiry, but we can read your email and make necessary adjustments to our Online Writing Lab to better suit YOUR needs.

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The Online Writing Lab (OWL) website was developed at Purdue University as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. OWL houses writing resources and instructional material. Students—no matter their skill level— and members of the education community will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class.

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Since , the Writing Lab has supported writers on the West Lafayette campus through a variety of services and community engagement initiatives using student-centered best practices. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) has been an extension of the Writing Lab since , and offers global support through online reference materials and services. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

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