Online Resources - Academic Support

Academic Support offers a number of online resources for Stritch students.

Stritch Online Writing Lab

The OWL is one of many tutorial services offered to all Cardinal Stritch University students through Academic Support. Students can use The OWL to submit drafts of college writing assignments for any subject electronically. OWL tutors, who are professional staff members in Academic Support, then review the writing submissions and provide prompt, holistic feedback.

Students should visit The Online Writing Lab Home Page for detailed information about the service and to submit a paper. For further information and explanations about OWL guidelines, rules, and limitations, please visit the OWL FAQ page.


Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service that is available to all Cardinal Stritch University students. Smarthinking employs tutors from across the country who provide assistance with English and Writing, Mathematics, and many other disciplines. Stritch students can connect and interact with a live tutor, submit their writing, or submit a question and receive a reply from a tutor. Students can access Smarthinking's service in Canvas, by clicking on the "Smarthinking" tab. In some subjects, tutoring is available up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For tutorial videos, view Smarthinking's Youtube Channel, which provides helpful how-to videos: Smarthinking Tutorial Videos

Other Helpful Writing Resources

Stritch Library References

The Stritch Library has information on citations and note taking, style guides, and access to NoodeTools. Review examples of APA, MLA, or Chicago Style formats.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

This site provides valuable handouts on the writing process, effective writing, outlining, paragraphing, planning, revising, editing, and proofreading. It also includes valuable resources on ESL, grammar, punctuation, spelling, research, and documentation (APA, MLA, etc.).

The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

This site provides instructional materials on improving your writing style, stages of the writing process, grammar and punctuation, and more. The writer’s handbook allows students to access specific instructional materials used in Writing Center teaching.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Links

Purdue University ESL Resources

This is the best site for informational handouts and exercises on common ESL problems. It includes a links and resources for speakers of specific languages. It also includes links to chat rooms on ESL issues, tests, and information on grammar, idioms, and vocabulary.

ESL, Ron-Chang Li

This is one of the best and most in-depth ESL sites on the Web. It provides links to sites on listening (conversations, phrases, news), reading (vocabulary, stories, books, quotations, slang, grammar), teaching ESL (handouts, lesson plans, quizzes), pronunciation, business English, U.S. newspapers, and dictionaries (including a picture dictionary).