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The Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The Online Writing Lab is an internet-based writing lab.


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An OWL tutor works on a writing submission


•The Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers students the opportunity to ask questions about their writing assignments before they turn them in for a grade.


• OWL tutors can help students develop and organize their ideas. 


• They can also explain how to avoid making common grammar errors.

Online students may send their work to the OWL by clicking on the Educational Support link on their student homepages, or by using the ARC Writing Lab link (in red) below.


On campus students may click on the ARC Writing Lab home page and use the OWL Submission form.


To use the OWL, follow these steps:

1. Open the OWL Submission form.

2. Fill out the form with the REQUIRED INFORMATION, including a specific question for the tutor and a detailed assignment description.

3. Copy and paste your writing into the correct area.

4. Press SUBMIT to mail the form to an OWL tutor.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
about the OWL:

How long will I wait for a response from an OWL tutor?

• OWL tutors respond within 24 hours.


What if I do not receive a response within 24 hours?

• Be sure you are checking the email address you entered on the OWL submission form.


• Be sure your email account can receive mail from

• If you have not added this address to your email safe list, check your Junk Mail or Spam folder.

• Make sure that you have not used your address as a contact; use an alternative email account like Yahoo or Gmail.


What if I have followed the steps listed above and I still do not have a response?

• After 24 hours, if you have not received a response, contact the OWL at:


Will the OWL correct my paper?

• OWL tutors will offer advice on ideas, organization, and ways to improve sentences. 


• However, the OWL will not correct papers or make them perfect.


How many assignments can I submit to the OWL every week?

• You can submit two (2) assignments per student each week and up to 1,000 words per submission.


Do I have to pay to use the OWL?
• No. The OWL is a free service to all AAU students.


*NOTE: The OWL is closed during all school holidays and breaks, including intersession.