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Online Writing Lab

Need assistance with a paper but have no time to visit us in our brick-and-mortar Writing Center? Get assistance online! While it is our opinion that online assistance can never be as productive as a face-to-face session, we understand that circumstances prevent some students from visiting our Center. We want to help!

Like our on-site Writing Center, our online writing center can help you get started if you are stuck, expand a current draft if you need prompting for more specifics, get a better handle on what the instructor is asking you to do, or even answer specific grammar and formatting questions (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)

What we cannot do is write the paper for you, correct your paper or tell you what grade you should receive. Like our face-to-face writing center, the online writing center is designed to help you help yourself. We are here to give you feedback and guidance, but we cannot take over your work. This is your paper. We are only here to assist you.

But we can help. Give us a try.

Submit a request to the OWL by sending an e-mail to and attach your paper to the e-mail.  In your e-mail, include:

  • your name
  • the course for which you're writing
  • details about the assignment
  • questions you have about the assignment
  • what you'd like the OWL consultant to look for specifically when reading your assignment
Don't forget to attach your paper to the e-mail!  One paper per e-mail, please.

Please Keep in Mind:

  1. It may take up to 48 hours for a response to a submission (or about 2 business days).
  2. We limit our on-site tutoring sessions to 30-45 minutes. Due to time constraints and the number of submissions we receive here at the OWL, we ask that you limit your online submissions to 5 pages--the equivalent to what we might be able to cover in an on-site tutoring session.
  3. The OWL is open in fall, spring, and summer semesters only. We are sorry we cannot offer assistance during the mini-terms or finals week.