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Online Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab is staffed by professional tutors who will assist with student writing for Penfield College of Mercer University undergraduate courses and other general writing tasks submitted by Regional Academic Center and Atlanta campus students. Appointments are not required. The OWL is accessible through the Blackboard Course Management System. To obtain access to the service students must register once on the Mercer Blackboard site. Successfully registered students will find the Online Writing Lab course listed among their other registered courses. Blackboard allows students to submit papers and receive comments from our professional writing tutors, all within a secure, password-protected system.

Note for Moogle users: All Mercer University students have Blackboard accounts and can access these accounts using the default Blackboard log-in information. For information on how to log on to Blackboard, click here.

Click here to access the OWL

OWL Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: If you require assistance with your Blackboard username and password, please contact the Mercer IT Help Desk at
478-301-2922 or 478-301-7000, after-hours.

How do I register for OWL Blackboard?

The Online Writing Lab is a self-enroll course on Blackboard.  To gain access to the service, you will need to register once on the Mercer Blackboard site.

Click here for printable, step-by-step instructions that include screen shots.

How do I upload a paper to the OWL?

Click here for printable, step-by-step instructions that include screen shots.

How do I access my submission once it has been reviewed?

Click here for printable, step-by-step instructions that include screen shots.

What can I expect from a tutor?

Tutors will provide feedback that aims to help you write better papers.  Do not expect to receive a checklist of corrections from tutors, but rather prompts to direct and deepen your thinking and suggestions to strengthen your thesis and organize your ideas for precision and clarity.

Tutor reviews are normally completed within 48 hours; responses for papers longer than 6 pages may require a full 48 hour review period.

Which file formats do you accept?

The Online Writing Lab accepts papers in Rich Text and Microsoft Word format. 

What should I do if I don’t know my Mercer University ID (MUID)?

Contact the Mercer IT Help Desk at 478-301-2922 or 478-301-7000, after hours.

What should I do if I don’t know my password or if my password doesn’t work?

Contact the Mercer IT Help Desk at 478-301-2922 or 478-301-7000, after-hours.

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