Technical Editing Services

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.

Please note that technical editing is not the same as format checking for theses and dissertations. To learn more about the format checking process and requirements, click here. For questions, email your graduate studies specialist.

Technical Editing

Documents submitted for editing will be checked for correct grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. The editor will meet with the student in a one-on-one writing development session after the edits are complete.

One-on-One Writing Sessions

Schedule to meet with the editor in a 30-minute writing development session. Walk-ins welcome as time permits. 

Monday - Friday
2:00 to 4:00 pm
G-8 Norwood Hall

Writing Workshops

Each semester, we host a series of writing-centric workshops and events, such as Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp. A full list of events can be found here.

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
  • As of November 2017: All editing requests are required to be uploaded to iThenticate by the student before edits can begin. 

Submission Process

Hard Copy

1. Upload your document to iThenticate to generate a similarity score
2. Complete the Editing Request Form
3. Obtain advisor signature (digital signature is acceptable)
4. Format your document to the above requirements
5. 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. Upload your document to iThenticate to generate a similarity score
2. Complete the Editing Request Form
3. Obtain advisor signature (digital signature is acceptable)
4. Format your document to the above requirements
5. Save Word file as LastNameEditingRequest.
6. 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.

iThenticate

To help avoid plagiarism, students are required to upload documents to iThenticate before submitting their document for technical editing as of November 1, 2017. The overall similarity score and date uploaded to iThenticate should be noted on the editing request form. 

Missouri S&T has a license agreement with iThenticate that allows currently enrolled graduate students to use the program for free. Documents that are uploaded to the website are only accessible by the student (unless shared with another account) and are not searchable in iThenticate's database.

To set up an account, complete the form here. 
Instructions for how to upload your document to iThenticate can be found here.
If you have questions, please contact Educational Technology, located in 102 Centennial Hall, at 573-341-4131 or edtech@mst.edu.

Please note that iThenticate does not detect plagiarism; rather, it highlights passages that appear elsewhere on the internet. Students can use these highlights as a guide for areas that need proper quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, and/or citing. Text that is highlighted is not necessarily plagiarized, as iThenticate will also highlight quotes, bibliographies, titles, and common phrases. iThenticate will not detect images. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all material is properly cited and necessary copyright permissions are obtained.

Writing Development Sessions

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Students may request to meet one-on-one with the editor in a 30-minute writing development session. These sessions are best suited for specific questions about your paper or general questions about writing.  If you want your full paper edited, please submit it for technical editing.

Sessions 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. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits.

Limitations
  • 500 words per session (or about 2 pages, double spaced)
  • 3 sessions per week 
  • 1 session per day
  • 1 scheduled appointment at any given time

Helpful Links

Contact

Emily Seals, Technical Editor
Office of Graduate Studies
G-8 Norwood Hall
573-341-4128
sealse@mst.edu

Editing Request Form

To submit for editing, fill out and return the editing request form and your document to G-8 Norwood Hall or email a PDF copy to sealse@mst.edu

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Additional Writing Resources

To help avoid plagiarism, students are required to upload documents to iThenticate before submitting their document for editing as of November 2017. The overall similarity score and date uploaded to iThenticate should be noted on the editing request form. Students with similarity scores above 30% might be asked to revise and resubmit their document before it is edited.

Please note that iThenticate does not detect plagiarism; rather, it highlights passages that appear elsewhere on the internet. Students can use these highlights as a guide for areas that need proper quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, and/or citing. Text that is highlighted is not necessarily plagiarised, as iThenticate will also highlight quotes, bibliographies, titles, and common phrases.

iThenticate is free for all current graduate students at Missouri S&T. Documents that are uploaded to the website are only accessible by the student (unless shared with another account) and are not searchable in iThenticate's database. To set up a account, complete the form here. If you have questions, please contact Educational Technology.

If you have specific questions about your document 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.

Sessions 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.

Note: As of the Fall 2018 semester, the following limitations will apply:

  • 500 words per session (or about 2 pages, double spaced)
  • 3 sessions per week 
  • 1 session per day
  • 1 scheduled appointment at any given time

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.

For help with basic formatting in Microsoft Word, see the walkthrough and practice document below. 

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.

This writing guide walks students through what they need to know to improve thier writing skills. It details various writing styles and lists available writing tools and apps.