Online Writing Lab – OWL
Who Are We?
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a service provided by Holy Apostles College and Seminary to help students who are struggling with the writing process. Please click the tabs below to learn more about how we may help you.
Director of the Online Writing Lab: Prof. Cynthia Gniadek
What We Do
The OWL offers free tutoring for Holy Apostles students who are struggling with the writing process. If you are a Holy Apostles student and need assistance, please contact the OWL at [email protected].
The OWL can help you identify steps to begin your writing project, engage sources in your paper, plan and write your first draft, format your paper, and revise your paper.
As you write and revise your paper, the OWL can provide suggestions to help you improve your paper’s readability, and the OWL will read your paper and discuss it with you and teach you how to edit and proofread your paper, but the OWL will not complete the editing or proofreading for you. You will be responsible for completing the self-editing or proofreading process before submitting the paper to your instructor.
The OWL may notify you if your paper has a consistent issue with grammar, punctuation, spelling, or formatting, and the OWL will help you become familiar with the fundamental rules and resources needed to fix these issues, but the OWL will not identify every instance of these issues in your paper; you will still be responsible for completing the self-editing or proofreading process and then making final revisions before submitting the paper to your instructor.
The OWL can also recommend resources to help you overcome obstacles throughout the writing process.
If you are a Holy Apostles student and need assistance, or if you have questions, please contact the OWL at [email protected]. If you need the OWL to read your paper and discuss it with you, please contact the OWL at least two weeks before your assignment due date. This will provide one week to complete the process of having OWL read your paper and discuss it with you and another week for you to make revisions based on that discussion.
Here are the Special Project Guidelines (September 2015).
Here are the Thesis Guidelines (July 2018)
Here are the Guidelines for Academic and Professional Papers and M.A. Theses – January 2020
Here are the Abridged Guidelines for Academic and Professional Papers and Theses – January 2020