Technical Editing Services

Editing

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to provide free editing services to graduate students both currently enrolled and on-campus at S&T. You are invited to submit your paper to the editor (whether you're still working through the first draft of your document or putting the finishing touches on the final draft), who will work with you to help you produce the strongest communication possible.

Contact 
Walk-In Writing Sessions
Emily Seals, Technical Editor Monday–Friday 
Office of Graduate Studies 2:00–4:00‌
G-8 Norwood Hall G-8 Norwood Hall
sealse@mst.edu
 
573-341-4128  

 

Editing Requirements

Accepted Genres

  • Thesis proposals
  • Dissertation proposals
  • Theses
  • Dissertations
  • Journal articles
  • Conference papers

 

Required Format

  • Double-spaced
  • Times New Roman
  • One-inch margins
  • 12-point font
  • Numbered pages
  • No staples
  • One column

Additional Details

  • 20 pages per editing session (1 section of thesis/dissertation per editing session)
  • All documents edited first-in, first out
  • Allow at least 10 working days to process your request
  • Your thesis/dissertation cannot be edited after or during format checking

Submission Process

Hard Copy

  1. Complete an editing request form
  2. Obtain advisor signature (digital signature is acceptable)
  3. Format your document to the above requirements
  4. Bring printed copy and editing request form to G-8 Norwood Hall during business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm)

You will be notified by email when y‌our submission is complete. You must meet with the editor in a writing development session to receive your edited document.

Electronic Copy

1. Complete an editing request form
2. Obtain advisor signature (digital signature is acceptable)
3. Format your document to the above requirements
4. Save Word file as LastNameEditingRequest.
5. Email Word file and signed editing request to sealse@mst.edu

You will be notified by email when your submission is complete. You must meet with the editor in a writing development session to receive your edited document.

Additional Resources

If you have a short document that needs reviewed or general questions about grammar and editing, come meet with the editor in a 30-minute writing development session. Bring a hard copy of your paper with you. If possible, print with double line spacing for notes and proofreading marks. Due to the time limit, it will not be possible to review your entire paper during one session, so please mark the specific sections you wish to target.

Walk-in hours are held Monday through Friday from 2:00 to 4:00. No appointment is required, but you can email Emily Seals at sealse@mst.edu to reserve a time slot.

The Office of Graduate Studies hosts a series of writing workshops presented by the technical editor. Examples of past topics include writing style, grammar, and punctuation. These workshops are one hour long and provide attendees with free writing workbooks.

Presentations for past writing workshops:

Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp is held about once or twice a semester and is meant to assist students that are in the researching/writing stage of the writing process. It is a week-long program that brings in several guest speakers and covers topics such as the literature review, format guidelines, citation managing, and best writing practices. Registration is $25. More information can be found here.

Grammarly.com is an automated editing software that scans your document for errors. It is available in both a free and premium version and has Microsoft Word and internet browser extensions. Grammarly promises to never share your text publicly, but does store User Content on its servers. More information can be found in its privacy policy.

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab offers writing resources for free on topics such as academic writing, mechanics, grammar, punctuation, and citations.