If you’ve ever written a paper, chances are you’ve thanked the writing gods (and Purdue University) for Purdue OWL. The free writing service shares resources and materials with Google-ers around the world, whether they’re looking for help with an academic assignment, a specific citation format, or a job application. If you’ve never heard of OWL before…you’re welcome.
The writing lab’s been in place since 1995 and, in terms of general academic writing, has resources for idea generation, narrowing-down research questions, composing thesis statements and outlines, and proofreading. There are even exercises related to the mechanics of writing, like sentence level organization, numbering, and style.
If you’re a graduate student in the M.S. in Publishing program, you’ll need to write a graduate thesis paper as part of PUB 699A and B (Internship I and II) or PUB 690 A and B (Graduate Seminar I and II). If you’re planning on writing your paper for Internship II this summer or fall, you’ll want to add Purdue OWL to your bookmarks folder ASAP (and visit the Pace University Library, of course!).
(If you want to get a jump-start on your thesis, it’s also a good idea to book an appointment with Professor Jane Kinney-Denning. She’s always happy to meet with students to discuss internships, thesis papers, and jobs.)
Most people use OWL to help with citations, i.e. the books, papers, journals, and multimedia content students use to flesh-out their work. Did you know thesis papers for Internship I and II can be submitted in either MLA or Chicago style? Purdue’s resources for those style-guides can be found here:
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide
- Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition)
- BONUS: APA Formatting and Style Guide
OWL also has a number of articles explaining how to write for different disciplines, like Engineering, Healthcare, and Journalism (which may help you later in life).
(And, if not happy, then at least productive writing.)