The Wise OWL

Owls are known for their wisdom, and the OWL at Purdue University is no exception. The OWL, which stands for Online Writing Lab, is an immense online resource for students, teachers, tutors, and academic support professionals. With more than 200 resources, the OWL offers printable information and practice exercises on writing and teaching writing, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, English as a second language, job searches, and professional writing. There are specific sections for middle and high school students, adult basic education, university instructors and students, and professional writers. The OWL is online, so you can access it 24/7, and best of all, it’s completely free—you don’t even have to sign up or create an account. Although my enthusiasm for OWL may make it appear that I am receiving some sort of bonus for promoting the site, the truth is simply that it is one of my favorite resources and I’m enormously grateful for its existence. If you haven’t stopped by the OWL yet, check it out.

About Korey Marquez

Korey Marquez
Korey Marquez earned a BA in English and International Studies at the University of Oregon, and an MA in English and a TESL certificate at Portland State University. After graduate school, she spent a year teaching university students in Slovakia and then taught ESL in Washington State for 10 years. One of her more unusual jobs was working as a lexicographer­—a writer and editor of dictionaries—for Longman and Bloomsbury. Unfortunately, it did not help her become a better Scrabble player. Korey is also a freelance writer and editor, and keeps busy chasing after her two young boys. She currently works as a writing specialist for the Multilingual Learners Program at Sonoma State University in northern California.
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