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Online Writing Assistance (OWL)

The Writing Center OWL offers online instruction for students writing during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To receive online help with a paper - at any stage in the writing process - e-mail it to the Writing Center OWL. Please read the following instructions carefully.

How the OWL Works

Note: Our goal is to help students become self-sufficient writers capable of editing their own work. As with our in-house instruction, our online instruction emphasizes teaching and is not a proofreading service. This is another reason Online Writing Lab instructors will review only three pages of any one paper: After we help students to recognize the error patterns in a portion of their paper, we expect that they will be able to apply this knowledge to correct the remainder of the paper themselves.

How to Format Your Paper

(This information is confidential and is only provided to the classroom instructor at the student's request.)

Note: Any paper that does not include the requested information will not be critiqued. Using the instructions above, mail your paper to

Important: Upon receipt of your paper, we will send a short reply to confirm that we have it. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, this means that we did not receive your paper. Please call to confirm receipt if you do not hear from us or if you have any questions.