Help Yourself

Help Yourself

For advice on different types of writing, citation format, grammar questions, organizing papers, and other topics, check out Webster's selection of helpful links. Also, take a look at our Writing Tips and Tutorials.

Get Help

Get Online Writing Help

If you are a GRADUATE student, or if you are an undergraduate at an EXTENDED CAMPUS or in ONLINE PROGRAMS you may submit your paper to the Online Writing Center. You can expect to receive your paper back in two to three business days from confirmation that your submission has been received. During peak times such as the weeks surrounding midterms and finals, that turnaround time is slightly longer, around four to five business days. Papers are processed by the OWC Staff Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM, so submissions sent in the evening or over the weekend will not be processed until the following business day. Please keep this in mind when submitting your paper for review to ensure that you will receive feedback before your deadlines or due dates. 

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If you are an UNDERGRADUATE at WEBSTER GROVES, please make an appointment with the Webster Writing Center by calling 314-246-8644 or visiting us in Loretto Hall Room 40. We are open Mon-Thurs 10-7 and Fri 10-5. The Online Writing Center will not accept papers from Webster Groves undergraduates.




As you research a topic for a paper, a program called RefWorks will store your citations and later print them out in whatever style your instructor requires (APA, MLA, Chicago, AMA – there are hundreds to choose from.) You can search for articles in the library databases or books in the catalog, export those records into RefWorks, and then store and manipulate the citations. Create folders for each assignment so when your instructor asks for your next paper in MLA style, a few clicks and that bibliography is an MLA bibliography. You can easily add your own citations – everything from a book or article to a TV program or an interview with an expert – in templates that RefWorks supplies. RefWorks also contains an additional program you can download called Write-N-Cite. This will allow you to plug in in-text citations or footnotes as you type in Microsoft Word.

To get started, go to RefWorks (one of the library’s Article/Database links). You will need to sign up for an individual account. Once you have completed the sign up form, we strongly recommend that you spend a few minutes with the tutorials in the Video Series. Direct your RefWorks questions to a Reference Librarian at the Webster University Library in person, by phone (314) 968-6950 or (800) 965-4279, or electronically.


Plagiarism Prevention

Plagiarism Prevention Resources

If you have questions about plagiarism and how it can be prevented, we encourage you to explore a special web site that has been created to help students understand and prevent plagiarism. This site includes a four-part tutorial, links to style guides and writing tools, and more.

Click here to visit the Plagiarism Prevention website through the Academic Resource Center.