Online Writing Lab (OWL)
This service has been especially prepared for Concordia University, Irvine students enrolled in online courses. Using the OWL is easy--just do the following:
- Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Attach the paper to the email message.
- Your name.
- The title of the course and the instructor’s name.
- A description of the paper assignment.
- A description of the things you’d like the OWL consultant to look at 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.
You will receive a response to your paper, via email, within 24 hours from
the time it is picked up by a consultant. Please note that papers sent Friday or during the weekend may not receive responses until Tuesday. Also, the Writing Center will be closed for midterm break and designated holidays.
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!