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Writing Center

Library resources to help students with any writing skills in their courses as well as reading skills.

Think you are done?

Revising and editing go hand-in-hand and are critical steps in preparing your paper for submission. Revision is focusing on your paper as a whole by making substantial changes to your paper (i.e., moving paragraphs around, cutting unnecessary information, adding transitions, etc.). Editing is focusing on sentence-level issues (i.e., cleaning up spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors).

These phases take time so be sure to plan accordingly. It’s recommended that you set your completed draft aside for a few days and then come back to it to make revisions. This will help give you a fresh perspective. During the revision process, you may find that you have to delete sections of your paper or re-write them completely. Don’t be discouraged – every writer has to revise and edit their work. Taking the time to look at your paper with a critical eye will help ensure that you submit your best work.

Before you hand in your writing, submit them to the Smarthinking tutoring service for review. 

  • Tutors are available 24/7 to help with writing (and other subjects, too).
  • Plan ahead and submit your paper to Smarthinking early, you’ll have time for them to give you feedback before you need to submit your final draft.
There is a link to Smarthinking at the top of your D2L home page. Once you are at the Smarthinking site:
  • Click on "Submit My Writing"
  • Then "Essay Center"
  • Fill in the form
  • Submit your paper.

To see the tutor's response:

  • Log back in. 
  • Click on "My Sessions and Submissions."
  • Click on the title of your paper.
  • Download the tutor's Word document response. 

How To Get Writing Assistance!

Watch These Videos on How to Use Smarthinking!  D2L has Smartthinking.

Want to see a paper move through the various stages of the writing process? The documents below follow one student’s paper, from brainstorming and outlining to the final draft.

Brainstorming

Organizing

Drafting & Revising

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