Technical Editing Services

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The Office of Graduate Education 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.

Your document will be reviewed for English usage, grammar/mechanics, documentation, sentence structure, word choice, clarity and organization.

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 education specialist.

Technical Editing

Documents submitted for editing will be checked for correct grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. A one-on-one writing development session is recommended after the edits are complete.

One-on-One Writing Sessions

Schedule to meet with the editor for a 30 or 60-minute writing development session (available in person or via Zoom). 


Writing Workshops

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

Editing Submission Process

Please note that beginning Janurary 1, 2020, we will no longer accept hard copies. 

  1. Upload your document to iThenticate to generate a similarity score. You can find information on iThenticate online at
  2. Complete the online Editing Submission Form and upload your Word or PDF document

If your uploaded document does not fit our criteria, you will be notified by email.

When your submission is complete, the editor will return your edited document via email.

Writing Development Sessions


Students may request to meet one-on-one with the editor in a 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.

  • 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


Graduate Education
216 Centennial Hall 

Editing Submission Form

To submit for editing, fill out the editing submission form and upload a digital copy of your document 

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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 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 Education 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.

Writing Workshop: Style

Writing Workshop: Grammar

Writing Workshop: Punctuation

Editing Your Own Work

Thesis & Dissertation Writing Camp is held every semester and is meant to assist students that are in the researching/writing stage of their thesis or dissertation. Visit our Thesis & Dissertation Writing Camp webpage for more information.

For help with basic formatting in Microsoft Word, see the walk through and practice document below. is an automated editing software that scans your document for writing 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 their writing skills. It details various writing styles and lists available writing tools and apps.