Currently enrolled students may access the OWL by logging in to eSTORM. Once logged in, click Success Center OWL from the left-side navigation bar.
What is the OWL?
The Success Center Online Writing Lab provides access to writing tutors for Southwestern Illinois College students who have difficulty coming to a Success Center during normal operating hours. The OWL also offers a convenient alternative to on-site tutoring for students who are taking online classes or classes via extension centers.
How It Works
- Tutors offer students feedback based on their questions and assignment details.
- Comments are posted in papers and are available for students to print.
- Responses are returned to students via eSTORM, usually within two school days.
- During peak times (midterms or end of the semester), response times may be longer.
- Tutors do not respond to papers on weekends or during college breaks.
- Papers must be five pages or less (based on a standard double-spaced format).
- Longer papers and complex research papers should be brought in to a Success Center.
- The OWL does not retain a paper’s formatting, so tutors can’t evaluate those items.
- Tutors can’t address specific questions about citations or reference page formatting.
- Students can submit the same paper up to three times if it is revised significantly.
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