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Online Writing Library (OWL)


The OWL will be unavailable from November 25 to November 29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We will reopen Monday, November 30 in order to access the submission form.

If your submission is urgent and/or if you’d like feedback over the holiday,
the Smarthinking Writing Lab will have hours available, and you can access Smarthinking by logging into Canvas:

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The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a tutorial service, run by Academic Support, that allows students to submit drafts of college writing assignments via the online submission form (at the bottom of this page). OWL Tutors in Academic Support review the submissions and send them back to students, within two business days, with feedback, comments, and suggestions that address students' concerns about the the assignment.

Who are the tutors?

The OWL tutors are professional staff members and peer tutors in Academic Support at Cardinal Stritch University. The OWL tutors are happy to share their writing expertise with you; however, as many aspects of writing are easier to explain in person than via email, you are encouraged to consult with your class instructor or a tutor in Academic Support if necessary.

Who may use the OWL?

Only students currently enrolled at Stritch may use the OWL. The student must check University email (Wolfmail) regularly to receive a response and have access to Microsoft Word in order to submit an essay.

What are some of the OWL limitations?

  • Students are limited to one five-page submission per day.
  • Turnaround time for feedback on OWL submissions is two business days.
  • OWL staff will not rewrite your essay for you.
  • OWL staff will not repair all of your mechanical errors.
  • OWL staff will not assign a grade or guess what grade your instructor will give you.
  • OWL staff will not review take home exams.
  • OWL staff will not review Capstone papers, Master’s theses, or dissertations. 
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Format requirement

OWL staff will review only Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx file extension). Staff is unable to use track changes or comment mode to review papers submitted in PDF or ODT format.

If you have any questions about the OWL, please send an email to

OWL Submission Form

OWL is currently unavailable. Please submit your name and email address so we know who was looking for us during this time.