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Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Tutors check for submissions Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tutors usually respond within 2 working days.

For in-person support, contact your instructor or visit the English Learning Center.

Click on the link below to submit a paper.

Submit an Essay

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Online Writing Lab (OWL) is available to all students who are taking an online class that has a written component. Students can submit papers to OWL for their online classes only. Students may also visit the English Learning Center in person.


The Cabrillo Online Writing Lab is available to all students who are taking an online class that has a written component. Students can submit papers to OWL for their online classes only. OWL tutors do not, at this time, read papers for face-to-face classes. We hope you find our tutoring services convenient, positive, and helpful. Submission is a two-step process. First, submit your writing using the OWL essay submission form. Second, email your paper as a doc or rtf attachment to writingtutor[at]cabrillo.edu and we will respond with comments and suggestions for improvement. Please note that we are not an editing service. Each student is responsible for revising his or her paper.

We offer assistance in the following areas:

  • Pre-writing
  • Thesis Development
  • Introductions and Conclusions
  • Organization
  • Content
  • Sentence Structure
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • In-text Citations
  • Works Cited
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