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Services for Graduate Students

For this semester, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we do not currently have tutors who are especially suited to working with graduate students.  While our tutors, who are mostly Master's candidates, are experienced readers and thinkers, none of them have experience with theses and dissertations, though we are happy to provide you with what help we can as long as you understand this.

We encourage you to make either an in-person or online appointment with a tutor if you would like help with your project, understanding that we are not editors and have certain limitations.

We recognize that some graduate students may be working professionals. We will try to find convenient hours, but this semester, we will be working mostly during our regular 8-5 Monday through Thursday and 8-12 Friday hours.

If there is a tutor you enjoy working with, we will try to provide continuity for longer projects.

As a first step, upload up to 10 pp. double-spaced of the text you wish us to look at. In your comments,be sure to mention you are a graduate student working on your thesis or dissertation.

If you would like a synchronous appointment (that is, a meeting with a tutor over Teams), email writingcenter@louisiana.edu and give us some available times and we will set you up with a tutor on MS Teams. Be sure to download Teams from the IT Department's Web page.

If you are a graduate student working on a paper / essay or other writing project for a course, simply enroll in the UL OWC and we will read up to 10 pp. of double-spaced text at a time.

NOTE: It is important for graduate students and their advisors to understand that we do not provide an editing / proofreading service. We are tutors, not editors.

To explain the difference clearly, we have prepared the document below.


What the Writing Center Will Do for Graduate Student Thesis and Dissertation Writers

We will

  • work with students to help them craft clearer sentences
  • offer students suggestions with regard to the organization of their documents
  • offer students comments and provide them with instruction, models, and resources for proper grammar and mechanics
  • help students to observe the style guidelines of their chosen or required citation style (e.g., MLA, APA, IEEE)
  • work with students to help them paraphrase, cite, and avoid plagiarism
  • help students to find the answers to their questions about the style guidelines of their chosen or required citation style and/or the guidelines outlined by the Graduate School.

Our Limitations

We will not

  • rewrite sentences or sections for students
  • proofread or edit student documents line by line
  • fix or format student documents so that they conform to the style guidelines of their chosen or required citation style or to the guidelines outlined by the Graduate School.

Faculty and Advisors

If you are a faculty member who would like to have one of our staff make a presentation about our services to your class, please contact the Director of the Writing Center, Ms. Denise Rogers at denise.rogers@louisiana.edu