How I Use It
I use the OWL as an introduction to citing sources. Students also look at the definition of plagiarism and how it applies to multiple genres.
The OWL is extremely text-dependent; however, it is an excellent tool for small group assignments. Grouping students (higher level with lower level) and allowing them to explore the site and investigate often helps students who need help with vocabulary and structure. Because it is a college-produced site, OWL is geared to higher level learners. It would be beneficial if OWL would create more resources that helped lower level students become more engaged and understand the idea of citing sources in text.