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Online Writing Library

The OWL is designed to offer online learning support for the Santa Barbara City College community. The goal of this site is to help students improve their writing skills by offering them a variety of online resources, to be utilized independently or in conjunction with Writing Center tutorials on campus.

Additional online resources may be found at our Virtual Tutoring Station

Getting Started Handouts

>Understanding the Assignment 
(Assignment Analysis)

>Looking at the Assignment in Detail: Key Terms

>The Writing Process

>YOUR Writing Process

> Pre-Writing Strategies

>Developing a Thesis Statement

> Preparing for In-Class Writing

>Strategies for Dealing With Writing Anxiety & Writer's Block

> See also: Getting Started Workshop materials

Writing and Revising Handouts

>Writing An Introduction

>Writing Body Paragraphs

Writing Your Conclusion

> Going Over Your Paper (Self-Editing Strategies)

>Basic Sentence Structure

> Building Complex Sentences
(Coordination and Subordination)

> Using Transitions

>Using Punctuation Effectively

Correct Comma Use

>How to Reduce Errors in Your Writing / Twenty Most Common Errors Found in Student Papers

> See also: Self-Editing Workshop materials

English Language Resources

> Checklist for Common Error Types for English Language Learners  
(short version)

Basic Article Usage

Using Prepositions

A Short Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs

>Understanding English Idioms

>Common Error Types: Sentences for Practice

>Grammar Workshop: Word Form



Essay Structure & Organization

> Essay Structure & Organization

> Structure of a Personal Narrative Essay

> Writing a Compare and Contrast Essay

>Essay Structure (House Diagram)

 >Checking Your Paper's Structure

>A Brief Guide to MLA Format

Research & Citation

 Steps for Writing a Research Paper

>How to Use Quotations

> Introducing Quotes and Sources (templates)

>Making Claims about Quotes and Sources (templates)

>Checklist for Evaluating Sources

>Gathering Citation Information

>Two Parts of MLA Citation

> Using MLA Citation

>Two Parts of APA Citation

> Using APA Citation

>Comparing MLA and APA Citation


> See also:MLA and APA Workshop materials

Workshop Materials

>  Getting Started:

> Writing Anxiety:

> Self-Editing Strategies

Essentials of Research

>Introduction to Citation

> MLA Citation

  > APA Citation


Tutorial Session Forms

>Pre-Tutoring Directed Learning Activity

> Session Record 

>Session Reflection





Additional Resources

> Grammar for Writers - Interactive grammar lessons developed by SBCC professors Lou Spaventa & Sheila Wiley.

> Tips for Writing the College Admission Essay - A helpful handbook from the SBCC Transfer Center.

>Writing DLAs


Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

> Writing Across the Curriculum Guidebook: A collaborative SBCC faculty effort coordinated by English instructor David Starkey.


All Writing Center Handouts require Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download it for free here.

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