Resources available at Purdue OWL include citation and writing guides, videos, writing resources for individual subjects, research assistance, teaching resources and information for theses and dissertations, as of 2015. The website keeps resources in relation to writing in academia and for career planning.
As a resource platform for students, Purdue OWL keeps guides with examples to explain grammatical and stylistic principles, paper formatting, stylistic guides for MLA, APA and Chicago style, and information on the different types of academic papers. For students conducting research, Purdue OWL has resources for literature searches, primary and secondary sources, topic selection and thesis creation.
Purdue OWL has information to create curricula for English as a second language students, study tutorials for English as a second language students and online exercises. Resources for career planning include information for resume creation, prospect letters, application tips and multimedia resumes. Topical sections for technical and professional writing, scientific journal submissions, medical fields, journalism, the humanities, social sciences and engineering have specific subject guides on the website.
Tutors at the writing lab answer brief questions via email submission from website visitors. Purdue OWL is a project of The Writing Lab at Purdue University. Resources come from professional staff and academic faculty at the university.