Writing Support Resources
Turnitin is a software application that allows you to check your research papers and dissertations electronically against all Internet and digitized documents to ensure adequate quoting, paraphrasing, and referencing. The software is now available to all GSEP students through Courses powered by Sakai, so you can now independently check your documents and prevent plagiarism.
GSEP has purchased a license with Grammarly@EDU for all of its students. If you have never used it, sign up today by clicking here
*Be sure to use your Pepperdine email address when signing up.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a confirmation sent to your Pepperdine email. Click on the confirmation link and you’ll be ready to use the free tutor and revision support tool. Simply upload your draft to their site or copy and paste the text into the text box to receive immediate instructional feedback on over 250 points of grammar.
If you’re unable to sign up, you’ve probably used Grammarly.com before and will need to contact Grammarly tech support to request they delete you from their system so that you can sign up with your Pepperdine email for the free service at Grammarly@EDU. For more information on the sign-up process for students, click here
- ESL Grammar Resource Site (Rong Chang Lee, Ph.D) – provides extensive information on common areas of concern for ESL students, with a focus on grammar and style.
- Capital Community College Foundation ESL Grammar Quiz Site: a comprehensive collection of grammar quizzes aimed at identifying and remedying common grammar issues; each quiz represents a different area of focus.
The Dissertation Process
- Dissertation Requirements
- Information about Dissertation Assumptions, Limitations, and Delimitations
- Dissertation Copyright Information
- Conceptualizing a Dissertation
- All But Dissertation (ABD) Resources
- Links to Dissertation Samples:
- Links to some good school-specific sites that provide additional guidelines for developing and formatting dissertations as well as links to text and Web resources for dissertation writers:
Writing and Mechanics
- Bedford St. Martin’s RE:WRITING – contains information about writing style, citations and resources, as well as exercises and diagnostics.
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) – this is a good source for general writing resources as well as instructional materials. Contains an array of information ranging from ESL resources, to creative writing support and setting-specific writing guidelines.
- George Mason University’s Writing Center – a library of writing resource handouts available in a variety of formats.
- University of Toronto, Scarborough Writing Resource Page - contains helpful links to information about research, reading, and note-taking techniques.
- Writing Handouts: