UWF Writing Lab's Online Writing Lab
You've typed, proofread, and edited your paper. You're ready to turn it in. Now what?
Let a UWF virtual paper reader take a look at it. In our online paper reading service, the face of the paper reader is absent, but the paper reader is not. You do not need to be online at the same time that the paper reader is working on your draft. You can retrieve your feedback file from the dropbox later!
If you are attempting to enroll in the OWL, you must be a UWF student enrolled in a class that has an eLearning module. Please click here if you don't meet this criterion.
*We will not read theses or disserations that are submitted to the OWL. Students with theses or disserations who cannot visit the Lab for a face-to-face appointment need to make an Elluminate Appointment. Elluminate is UWF's online classroom that allows the graduate Lab assistant to conduct a reading over the Internet. These particular sessions take place in real time, with the Lab assistant and the graduate student working from their separate, respective computers. For more information, please call 474-2129 or 474-2229, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep in mind that students cannot make appointments via e-mail. Also, please keep in mind that the Lab assistants will focus primarily on grammar. If you have major or specific formatting issues, please visit UWF's Doctoral Support Center. If you have specific content-related issues, please contact your professors and advisors.
How to Enroll in the OWL (Online Writing Lab)
To enroll in the OWL, do the following:
Once you have been enrolled, please read the OWL’s main page for instructions regarding how to submit papers to the dropbox and/or questions to the discussion board. Please be sure to note the indicated turn-around time.
How to Submit a Paper to the OWL’s Dropbox
The virtual paper readers offer the same service as the Writing Lab’s in-Lab paper readers. Like the in-Lab paper readers, virtual paper readers will not write your paper for you, but will help you to write it better.
Virtual paper readers do not grade your paper. Like in-Lab paper readers, OWL readers read, thus supplying that second reader that all writers need. (Don’t let the paper reader be the first person to read your paper. You read the paper first; then send it to us!)
The OWL Paper Reading staff generally reads papers for the following features: content, mechanics (grammar and punctuation), documentation style, and manuscript format. However, if you’re submitting a paper in a specialized field, we may not be able to read the paper for either content or some of the other features mentioned above. For papers in specialized fields, we will read for mechanics only.
The OWL Paper Reader will not provide line-by line corrections or detailed directive commentary. Instead, the reader will either identify any features of your paper that need revising or answer any specific questions you have about the conventions of writing (grammar, punctuation, etc.). Any highlighted features will be identified by name or with standard correction symbols. Go to the Standard Correction Symbols page under the Content eLearning Module for the explanation of these symbols and abbreviations, or call the Writing Lab at either 474-2129 or 474-2229 during our normal business hours.
The paper is yours, so you may accept or reject the virtual paper reader’s recommended changes.