Are you ready to use the OWL?

Great! Use the links in the above menu to submit a paper, submit a question, or find online resources.

Schedule note: OWL staff will not be reading Thursday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will start reading again on Sunday, Nov. 29. If you need to know how the holiday affects the turnaround time for your paper, please email us at

Do you have questions about the OWL?

Please read on.

About Writing Support

Writing support programs give you opportunities to discuss your writing with professional and academic readers outside of class. As the word “lab” suggests, writing support programs allow spaces and time for experimentation and practice. The best way to learn about writing support is to try it yourself, by making an appointment with the Writing Center or submitting a paper or question to the OWL.

What we do

  • Consider how the paper responds to the assignment
  • Help you develop your argument
  • Make suggestions about style and usage
  • Suggest an appropriate audience and tone
  • Make queries and suggestions regarding structure, content, and use of sources
  • Identify patterns of error (in grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and MLA and APA formatting and documentation) and model corrections
  • Suggest ways to focus revisions
  • Provide explanations, examples, and resources
  • Help you interpret comments from others, reports from grammar checkers and plagiarism filters, and style and documentation guidelines

What we don’t do

  • Proofread or copyedit for you
  • Apply formatting or documentation styles for you
  • Manipulate the text of the paper
  • Identify every error or issue in a paper
  • Predict or guarantee a grade
  • Dispute a teacher’s grade
  • Certify that a paper is free of errors or plagiarism
  • Decide when a paper is finished

Writing Questions

Everyone at St. Edward’s (students, faculty, and staff) is welcome to submit writing questions to the OWL. Writing questions should be brief but can be about anything related to writing: grammar, citation, punctuation, style, the writing process, etc. We especially like challenging questions!

OWL Paper Review

OWL paper review is only for New College and graduate students. After you submit a draft using the Submit a Paper to the OWL form, a member of the OWL staff reads it closely and responds in writing. Students who submit drafts to the OWL do so because

  • They are wondering how readers might experience their papers.
  • They would like to consult with someone about their writing, but their schedule does not allow them to make appointments with the Writing Center.
  • They prefer writing about writing to talking about writing.
  • They would like to practice receiving written feedback and revising in response to it, because these are aspects of most professional writing workflows.

Technology and Accessibility

For paper review, we typically type our notes in your document using the commenting tools available in the application you are using (such as Word, Google Docs, or Adobe Reader). However, we are happy to use other methods, such as in-text commenting, audio commenting, or screencasting. Please email us at with your need or preference.

Rules and Policies

There are just a few for paper review. Please read them before submitting a paper for the first time.

Step-by-Step Instructions

See these step-by-step instructions for How to Submit a Paper.