Online Writing Lab

Online Writing Lab

The ability to write well is not a gift of the Spirit. Wisdom, however, is a gift of the Spirit, and wisdom will tell you that getting help with your writing will help you communicate well, and help you earn better grades

Through this webpage you can schedule an appointment with a writing tutor by selecting one of the buttons above, depending on your program.  The first time you go to the scheduler, you must “Create an Account.”  The next time(s) you go to the scheduler you will enter your chosen username and password.

Through this webpage you can submit a paper for review by a writing tutor by selecting one of the buttons above, depending on your program.  The first time you go to the scheduler, you must “Create an Account.”  The next time(s) you go to the scheduler you will enter your chosen username and password.

Writing Resources

Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

(St. Edwards University)

Avoiding Plagiarism

(Purdue OWL)

Plagiarism

(Rutgers University Libraries)

APA Style, Documentation, Format

APA Style Blog
(includes answers to several tricky citation issues, such as How to Cite an E-Book)
Adding Running Head and Page Numbers in Word
a Computer Help tutorial (St. Edwards University)
End Text Citation Aid
enter resource info and it will format the end citation for you (Calvin College)
Citethisforme
enter resource info and it will format both end citation and in-text citation for you.
APA citation information
from the source (American Psychological Association)
Creating an APA Formatted Paper (Sample)
(Grace Christian University)

Digital Tools for Thinking, Note Taking, and Organizing

Coggle
an easy to use, beautiful mapping tool (you have to sign in with a Google account)
Evernote
free download to keep your notes synced on all your devices

Research Methods

Coming soon!

Rhetoric, Structure, Argument

Some thoughts on writing Conclusions
(Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill)
More thoughts on Conclusions
(Harvard College Writing Center)

Using Sources

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
(Cornell University’s Olin Library)

The Writing Process

How to Edit Your Work
(St. Edwards University)

Tips and Tools
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

According to Stephen Covey (2016), one of the seven habits of highly effective people is “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”   The ability to communicate effectively is the key to fulfilling relationships, successful academics, and rewarding employment.  The skills used in effective written communication are the same tools used when communicating verbally.  The goal of the Grace Online Writing Lab (Grace OWL) is to help students in the development and refinement of their written assignments. Rather than a spell check or quick fix for papers, the Grace OWL is a learning tool designed to help students develop the needed skills to compose papers at the college level.

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) of Grace Christian University is dedicated to the enhancement of student writing using a “minimalist tutoring” approach.  This approach aids in fostering a creative environment where the student takes ownership of the work.  The student is in “charge” of the assignment.  The student tells the tutor what is needed in a tutoring session or a paper review.  It is imperative that the student knows that he/she is responsible for making any direct changes with the paper.  The tutor merely gives advice and suggestions.  Grace OWL tutors do not “fix” the paper.

The OWL is dedicated to the old adage “if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime”.  As such, a good session involves the student taking an active role in the growth and development of the writing assignment.  This leads to skill building and greater independence for the student in preparing future assignments.

Make your appointment today to have your paper reviewed or for a face-to-face tutoring session!

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