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Additional BC resources

Information about the collections, services and tools available from the Boston College Libraries to support faculty teaching online courses.

Online Writing Lab

Online Writing Lab (OWL) tutoring service from the Connors Family Learning Center helps students improve their writing at the global level, with attention to argument, organization, and effectiveness, rather than extensive grammatical and syntactical revisions.


What is Read& Write?: Read&Write is a customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications. The Google Chrome extension-based web version* works in online environments, including Canvas and Google Docs.

Why it's useful:  Read&Write has myriad tools to support students in building independent learning skills to enhance overall success in college: text-to-speech, highlighting, dictionary, vocabulary tool, and study skills tools to capture highlight.

Who it's for: Everyone. While students benefit from the tool, so can faculty and staff. 

How do I Install it? Follow instructions on this ITS page to access the web tool and install the browser extension. It should only take a few minutes.

How do I use it? See our Read&Write guide for detailed instructions, videos, and links to Read&Write support.

 *There is a desktop version for Macs and PCs with more advanced features, including more language translation tools. In most cases, the Chrome version will be sufficient for students.

ITS Software


The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Center for Digital Innovation in Learning (CDIL) provide instructional support for all BC faculty including:

  • Canvas Support
  • Pedagogy & Course design
  • Recording Studio
  • Workshops & Consultations

They support technology platforms for use in online instruction, such as Canvas, Zoom, Panopto, Poll Everywhere and more.