Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The Writing Center will be closed May 14-June 5. Consultants will not be available to work with you on your writing during that time.

Please read all instructions carefully before submitting your paper!

Writers are limited to one submission per day and two submissions per week. Submissions in excess of this will be rejected.

Consultants aim to help writers better understand and practice writing as a series of informed choices made in a variety of academic, professional, personal, and civic contexts.

As such, Writing Center consultants do not proofread, edit or adapt your writing. Consultants will read the document in order to give suggestions on how to improve your draft.

Like regular appointments in the Writing Center, consultants spend a maximum of 45 minutes with each paper, so all concerns may not be addressed.

Please note:

  • OWL submissions are limited to one every 24 hours and two per week per writer.

  • OWL Consultants are unable to review more than five double-spaced pages (1250 words) in 45 minutes--and possibly less, depending upon the concerns they notice. We will look at the first five pages unless you indicate otherwise in the special instructions below.

  • WE DO NOT EDIT OR PROOFREAD

  • OWL consultants will not comment on bibliographic, reference, or Works Cited pages. You must schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss these. Information about formatting and citations can be found here: Writing Center Citation Handouts

  • You may submit the same paper twice as long as revisions based on our comments have been made between submissions.

  • For essay exams, we are required to notify your instructor

  • You must be currently enrolled or employed at UNLV in order to submit your paper.

  • You must use your Rebelmail address to submit your paper. Failure to use an @unlv.nevada.edu or @unlv.edu address will result in immediate rejection.


We accept a limited number of OWL submissions each day. You'll be notified if your submission is cancelled so that you can make another type of appointment if you wish.

When will i receive my feedback?

OWL Submission Time Expected Return Time

Sunday 12:00pm - Monday 8:00am --> Tuesday 9:00am

Monday 8:00am - 4:00pm --> Tuesday 5:00pm

Monday 4:00pm - Tuesday 8:00am --> Wednesday 9:00am

Tuesday 8:00am - 4:00pm --> Wednesday 5:00pm

Tuesday 4:00pm - Wednesday 8:00am --> Thursday 9:00am

Wednesday 8:00am - 4:00pm --> Thursday 5:00pm

Wednesday 4:00pm - Thursday 8:00am --> Friday 9:00am

Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm --> Friday 5:00pm

Thursday 4:00pm - Friday 4:00pm --> Sunday 12:00pm

Friday 4:00pm - Sunday 12:00pm --> Monday 5:00pm


* Hours may change over holidays and if we receive too many submissions for the day.