How to Submit to the OWL

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Overview of how to use the St. Ed's OWL paper review service

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St. Edward’s University OWL: 

St. Edward ’ s University OWL An overview and user ’ s guide

Who can use the OWL?: 

Who can use the OWL? SEU New College students SEU graduate students What is the OWL? The OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a web-based writing support service, offering Paper review Email Q&A Writing resources

How to Submit a Paper to the OWL: 

How to Submit a Paper to the OWL The following slides explain how to submit a paper to the OWL for feedback.

Step 1: Navigate to the Submission Form: 

Step 1: Navigate to the Submission Form Go to the OWL website: http://think.stedwards.edu/academicsuccess/owl In the menu on the left side of the homepage, click on “ Submit a Paper to the OWL. ”

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Click on “ policies ” to read the rules and procedures. Click on “ Click here to go to the submission form. ” When prompted, log on using your SEU username and password.

Step 2: Complete the Submission Form : 

Step 2: Complete the Submission Form Fields with a red asterisk are required. Be sure to accurately indicate your student status (graduate or New College).

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Your professor ’ s name is required . The “ Notify Professor ” box is optional. If you enter your professor’s email address here, an automated email including your name, course, and paper title will be sent to him or her.

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Use the drop-down menu t o indicate which style and documentation system you are using. Include lots of information about your assignment so we can assess your response to it. Let us know what specific issues or areas you ’ d like help with. (However, our feedback will not necessarily be restricted to these issues. )

Step 3: Upload Your Paper: 

Step 3: Upload Your Paper Make sure your file name doesn't include special characters like #, %, or *. Only .doc and . docx files are allowed. After clicking “save,” you will receive an automated email confirming your submission.

Step 4: Receive Your Feedback: 

Step 4: Receive Your Feedback You ’ ll receive an automated email indicating that your feedback is ready. This usually happens within 48 to 72 hours of your submission time (excluding university holidays and schedule exceptions posted on the Submit a Paper page).

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Click on the link in the email, which will take you to the My Paper Submissions section of the OWL site. Click on the link to download your paper.

Step 5: Review the Comments: 

Step 5: Review the Comments When you open the reviewed paper, you will see two types of comments: Comments in “ balloons ” throughout the right-hand margin (If you don ’ t see balloons, something ’ s wrong! Contact us or the Computer Help department.)

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Other notes in a paragraph at the end of your paper

Step 5: Ask Follow-up Questions: 

Step 5: Ask Follow-up Questions Or email us at owl@stedwards.edu . You can leave a comment on the submission form.

Step 6: Revise: 

Step 6: Revise Use the comments to help you revise. Remember: We don ’ t proofread or edit, but we do make suggestions and identify patterns of error. Often, our comments on one part of the paper can be applied to other parts as well. Most of our comments require you to make some kind of decision. Depending on how much time you have to revise, you may need to prioritize your revisions. Since you are solely responsible for your paper, you should make only the revisions you want to make.

Submission Tips: 

Submission Tips Complete the submission form clearly and thoroughly. Be sure to allow time for us to review your paper ( 48 to 72 hours) and for you to consider our comments and make revisions. You may a draft at any stage, but let us know what part(s) are unfinished or still to come. If your document is longer than 30 pages, let us know which 30 pages to review (otherwise, we will review pages 1–30 of the document).

OWL Policies: 

OWL Policies You should review the complete policies on the OWL site, but following are some important ones .

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We can usually only review one entire draft per assignment. (But if you ’ ve made a lot of revisions or added new material, just email us to request an exception.) We can review up to two 30-page submissions per student per week. We usually don ’ t share our comments on your work directly with faculty, but you are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns with your professor, the OWL staff, or both. We love to talk about writing!

OWL Resources: 

OWL Resources We also create resources and post them on our website . Sometimes we link to them in paper review, too.

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The Writing Resources section of our website has links to several types of resources on many writing topics . Here are just a few examples: A handout on how to develop a thesis and use it to organize your paper. A Prezi presentation on how to avoid plagiarism. A Powerpoint on MLA style Links to online bibliographic tools. Information about other writing and academic support services on campus.

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Questions ? Email the OWL: owl@stedwards.edu Visit our website: http://think.stedwards.edu/academicsuccess/owl Call the OWL: (512) 464-8839