Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The Concordia University Online Writing Center Staff provides students in the Adult, Graduate, and Online Learning Programs the help they need to develop their potential as writers.
Using the OWL is easy:
- Send an email message to [email protected] with the following information:
Attach the paper to the email message as a word document.
On the Subject Line of your email put the course number and assignment
(i.e. EDU 581 Educational Research Methods).
- Your name.
- Your E number
- The number and title of the course along with the instructor's name
- A description of the assignment and its requirements (length, format,
due date, etc.)
- A description of your concerns and the specific things you'd like the
OWL consultant to review in the paper.
A consultant in the Writing Center will read your paper and make suggestions about how to improve the work. The consultant will look at clarity of the main ideas, support and development, organization, and other major concerns first. At the level of sentences and grammar, tutors pinpoint the most important or most frequent patterns of error. If you would like help with a specific grammar problem in the paper, be sure to mention it in the email message. You can expect lots of summary and evaluative comments, particularly about specific questions or concerns you raise, but remember that we don’t proofread a paper for you. Our goal is to help you become a better writer.
For papers 10 pages or less, you will receive a response via email within
24 hours from the time it is picked up by a consultant. For papers 11-20
pages, please allow up to 48 hours.
Please keep in mind that papers sent over the weekend
may not be returned until Tuesday and that we are
closed for designated
holidays. Graduate students: Larger works such as capstone projects and dissertations should be submitted a section or a chapter at a time and may take longer than 48 hours to read and return.
Plan ahead to make full use of your Writing Center.
As you can imagine, a responsive reader is valuable to any writer, not just those having problems. Professional writers always have discerning people read their work before publication.
We hope to hear from you soon!