Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2017     Views: 15

In general, proofreading is considered part of the writing process that each student must be responsible for. There are many books in the library that cover the essentials of grammar and academic writing. This canned search will locate books in the subject: English Language Usage. In general, these books are located in the PE 1408 and PE 1460 sections of the stacks on Level 3.

A responsible scholar must be willing to check the spelling of words in a dictionary or consult a writing guide regarding proper grammar. Asking a friend or classmate to review your paper is a good option. Many professors hold conferences with their students to aid in writing and provide excellent feedback on the structure of the paper. In the end, however, it is always the student's responsibility to review, proofread, and revise a writing assignment.

The Help Desk does not offer any assistance with proofreading, copyediting, or review of an essay. However, the research help station at Coe Library can provide assistance with proper formatting of citations. Style guides are available at the help desk as well as in the stacks. This library guide on citations is useful.

Proofreading and copyediting services are generally not available from any UW department. Such services are available through independent vendors who often advertise on the bulletin boards around campus. Some departments keep a list of these businesses, so check with the department administrators.

The UW Writing Center is available to assist with improving the writing process, but it does not provide proofreading or copyediting services. The Writing Center is part of the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL), not the University Libraries. The center is located in room 302 of Coe Library.

Additional writing help is available through eTutoring. This service can be accessed through WyoWeb. Look for the link in the "Student Resources" section located in the upper-left corner on the main WyoWeb page. You will be asked for your UW username and password.

Another resource for writing help may be available through the STEP Tutoring program. Depending on their resources, a tutor may be available. Check with the STEP office. As with the other resources, proofreading and copyediting is not a service that is provided.

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