Excelsior College Online Writing Lab Blog

Giving A Hoot About Being Duped

How To Use The OWL To Help Students Navigate Source Credibility By Elizabeth Johnson, PhD In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries awarded the term “post truth” as word of the year, defending their choice by arguing that “post-truth has gone from being a peripheral term...

Spring Is in the Air and the New OWL Has Sprung!

A guest post by Michelle Abeyta Across the country, spring is blooming. Each morning, one is greeted by birds singing, bees buzzing, trees sprouting new leaves, flowers budding, and the grass growing longer and greener. Spring provides the world with a refreshed state...

Write on Nurses!

A guest post by Bonny Kehm, PhD, RN Writing is an expectation in nursing. There are a variety of different types of writing used by nurses, from writing patient reports and charts, to writing for publication. Writing allows nurses to communicate and relay...

Replacing Your Writing Textbook

Open Educational Resources can be a little daunting for teachers. It’s hard to know what’s out there, and once you figure that out, it’s hard to know how to use the resources. If you’re a teacher or a professor and you struggle to...

Pronoun Agreement and the Singular They

Pronouns, whether we want to admit it or not, seem to give us a lot of trouble. I find this to be especially true because, in English, we do not have a gender-neutral, singular, third-person personal pronoun. OK, so what does that mean?...

Rhetoric and Your Writing: An Introduction

Have you ever heard the phrase “empty rhetoric?” This phrase certainly carries negative connotation; however, rhetoric is anything but empty. But what exactly does rhetoric mean? And how can it help you? Rhetoric is actually all about effective communication, and it can help...