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Writing Support Resources


Turnitin Instructions 

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

APA Format

ESL Resources

The Dissertation Process

Writing and Mechanics

  • 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.

Plagiarism and How to Avoid it