Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The OWL will be closing for the Spring Semester on May 1st. If you would like your work to be checked before then, make sure to submit it before the deadline!

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) allows you to submit pieces of writing to a CTL tutor for your undergraduate courses at UNM. You may submit academic papers that are required for a UNM course or degree requirement, as well as pieces of application writing, such as résumés or cover letters. Tutors will help with structure, style, format, grammar, and thesis organization.

Note: This is the Online Writing Lab (OWL), intended for UNDERGRADUATE writing assignments. If you would like to submit papers for graduate courses, please visit the Graduate Online Writing Lab (GrOWL).


You may submit:

  • Academic papers that are required for a UNM course or degree requirement
  • Application writing such as résumés or cover letters

In addition:

  • You must be a registered UNM student to use this service.

Papers must be:

  • Double Spaced
  • Microsoft Word (.doc), Text (.txt), or Rich-Text (.rtf) format

Notice for affiliates:

This form requires that you use your NetID login (e.g. ) rather than your ID login. If you do not know your NetID, please follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Call the UNM Helpdesk and explain that you need your NetID, and they will provide it after verification.
  2. Log into and search for yourself, or search your name in the UNM Outlook application.


Turnaround Time

We strive to review and return your paper to you with feedback within 5-7 business days. However, our response time may be influenced by the volume of submissions we receive. Please check the UNM Calendar for holidays or special occasions that may delay the return of your work. We accept submissions in English, Spanish, French, German,  Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Latin, Greek, and Russian.