• Who can use the OWL?

The OWL serves OSU students, staff, and faculty. The OWL is a free service.

  • What can I submit to the OWL?

You can submit any kind of writing to the OWL, as long as it doesn't exceed 25 double-spaced pages (about 6,250 words).

  • How often can I submit to the OWL?

You can submit up to two papers (or two drafts of the same paper) per week.

  • When will I receive a response to my submission?

Response times depend on how busy we are when you submit your writing. You can generally expect to receive a response within 3 business days (72 hours) of submitting your writing. Please note that we are open Monday through Friday and are closed weekends. So response times for drafts submittied late Friday - Sunday will be adjusted accordingly. 

  • What kinds of writing consultations/feedback do you offer?

We offer Skype consultations and written feedback.

  • What if I have questions about the feedback I receive?

When you receive your feedback, you'll have the name and email address of your OWL responder. You can--and are encouraged to--email them with any follow-up questions you may have.

  • What kind of feedback should I expect?

We focus our feedback on higher order concerns, or "big picture" elements. These include issues like brainstorming, organization and structure, thesis or focus, audience and purpose, etc.

  • What kind of feedback shouldn't I expect?

The OWL is not an editing or proofreading service. We cannot repair mechanical errors or rewrite your draft. We will not evaluate your writing as "good" or "bad" or predict what grade you will receive. In a Skype consultation, however, we may be able to talk about sentence-level issues.

  • How can I get the most out of my OWL experience?

Submit as early as possible and provide your OWL responder with as much information as you can. This includes details about the assignment itself, as well as your top concerns and questions. It is up to you to tell the OWL responder what kind of feedback will be most helpful to you at this point in your writing process.