The OWL Knows

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owlLet’s face it, for the most part many students, regardless of how intelligent they are, have difficulty with writing papers. Sometimes the difficulty is with the flow, getting the idea across to the reader, the format, grammar, punctuation and so forth. Hours are spent working on assigned term papers, abstracts and various research proses. Frustration heightens and then the student begins to procrastinate. Before they know it, the night before the paper is due is upon them and the only thing completed is the title page. Does this sound familiar?

Top OWLS (Online Writing Labs)

Most online universities offer OWLS to their students free of charge. Unfortunately, many students do not take advantage of this resource as they are not quite sure what to expect. As the saying goes, “You won’t know if you don’t ask,” holds very true in this situation. You could have an abundance of information available at your fingertips.


One of the most important questions that you can ask your recruiter prior to enrolling in an online university is if the school offers an OWL. If your current school does not offer an OWL, there are several out there that are top of the line and free to all. You just need to take a moment to access them and look around.

Purdue OWL

The Purdue OWL is probably one of the most popular OWLS out there today. Writers of all ages utilize Purdue OWL for all sorts of reasons. High school, publishers, authors and college students can benefit immensely by utilizing the Purdue OWL.

Dr. Muriel Harris created the OWL at Purdue in 1995. Although it is not the oldest OWL it is by far one of the most comprehensive. Serving as a stand-alone reference for users worldwide, the Purdue OWL is one of the easiest OWL’s to navigate. It can be located at

Colorado State University OWL

Another great OWL packed full of resources that are free to all is the Colorado State University OWL located at This OWL offers tools and resources that can enhance not only your style of writing but it also will help to perfect formatting and English skills. Colorado State University OWL offers online courses in writing, guides and library resources. Take a moment and check it out.

Wrap Up

So, you now know that there are resources out there for you that can actually help you to become a more organized and actually a better writer. Don’t wait until the last minute to utilize your school’s OWL or either of those that I listed. Make it of high priority on your “to do” list during your first week of school to take the time and look around. In fact, create a short-cut icon on your desk top to the OWL that you find to be the most helpful. From formatting to basic English, an OWL will surely assist you in preparing college papers worthy of an A+

deannaDeanna Miller
RN MSN/Ed HCE graduated in 1995 from the University of New York, Albany and later went on to obtain her BSN and MSN with a certification in Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix, Online. Ms. Miller currently works as a Manager of Intensive Care in a University Hospital. She is also a published author and content expert for several educational publishing companies.
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