The Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

In addition, we invite users to submit brief, writing-related questions to our OWL Mail Tutors. You may also find our new grammar blog useful.



Merck Mental Health Manual

Merck has created The Merck Manuals, a series of health care books for medical professionals and consumers. As a service to the community, the content of The Manuals is now available in enhanced online versions as part of The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library. The Online Medical Library is updated periodically with new information, and contains photographs, and audio and video material not present in the print versions.

(I have linked to the Psychiatric Disorder part of the manuals, but there are other medical disorders listed as well–see left hand side toolbar if interested.)



Dual Diagnosis Website

This site is designed to provide information and resources for service providers, consumers, and family members who are seeking assistance and/or education in this field.

The ultimate goal is to improve our service delivery systems. Our present systems have evolved to address singular/discrete disorders. It is entirely possible to reshape our mental health and substance abuse systems, and communities of care across systems, to provide comprehensive services to all consumers. In doing so, these programs will be able to provide effective interventions for persons who have dual/multiple disorders.



Something Fishy…

Dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to people with Eating Disorders, and their loved-ones… since 1995.  A pro-recovery site with help for those who suffer from Eating Disorders, with treatment centers, treatment locators, and support from those who have been there already, and are going through it now.





dysTalk provides information to parents regarding
learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and

So, what is dysTalk?

Launched in September 2008, dysTalk is an information-sharing social enterprise devised by Will Orr-Ewing and Josh Pull. Our five-word mantra for the project is “helping your child learn better.” It’s for parents of children who are looking for information on how to optimise their child’s learning. dysTalk provides information on specific learning difficulties that may be undermining a child’s performance as well as learning strategies that can potentially be applied to all children of all abilities.

How will it do this?

dysTalk is separated into online and offline components. Offline, it is a lecture series starting in London, at which the top professionals in the learning difficulties world will speak to parents. This affords the crucial opportunity of interaction: both between the parents and the speakers; and between the parents themselves. We want parents to exchange information based on their experiences.

This ethos of sharing information is then reflected on We have filmed each lecture so that talks can be watched online for free. These lectures are accompanied by lots of shorter, 5 – 15 min talks and articles by similar professionals – as well as some parents.

The site also contains a resources section including useful books, links, professionals and schools. This section allows users of the site to upload and review any resources that they have found helpful.

These pieces form the focus for a Forum, in which parents can discuss the ideas raised further – as well as anything else that takes their fancy.



The History of Psychology

This is an e-text about the historical and philosophical background of Psychology.  It was originally written for the benefit of my students at Shippensburg University, but I hope that it helps anyone with an intellectual interest in the field.  The material is original and copyrighted by myself, and any distribution must be accompanied by my name and the copyright information.  For personal educational use, it is free to one and all.



National Eating Disorders Association

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues.

At the NEDA Web site:

  • find general information about eating disorders and body image concerns;
  • obtain referrals to treatment centers, doctors, therapists, support groups;
  • purchase educational curriculum, promotional items, videos, books; and
  • learn ways to help by volunteering, interning, and/or advocating.



Long Term Care Living provides consumers with needed information nursing homes, assisted living/residential care, and other types of long term care.

Learn how to:

  • Find and select a nursing home or assisted living facility;
  • Prepare yourself and your family for the transition to long term care ;
  • Write an advance directive, making sure your wishes are known; and
  • Pay for long term care.